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Healing Begins Here
September 25

Over the years I've had a variety of injuries and illness and I've always known where to go. I got to know my knee doctor so well I did his wedding. My pulmonologist was also an usher at church, and we would joke about the cure for asthma that he recently discovered! I knew where to go when I busted up my knee or when my allergies were triggering my asthma, but where do you go when your soul hurts? Where do you go when your hurt isn't physical? An orthopedist or allergist can do a lot, but they can't fix that one. So, where do you go?

Do people see churches as places where they can go for healing that isn't physical? I worry they don't feel this way because too often churches have been the source of the hurt. Either the church rejected them because of who they are, or sometimes churches are filled with hurting people that occasionally hurt other people. Maybe it’s no surprise that churches aren't always seen as places where we can go for healing. This needs to change.

Jesus had this great line where he invited all who were struggling and exhausted to himself and he said, "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light." If Jesus wants us to find relief and healing, and not just physical relief and healing, shouldn't that be the goal of Christ's church as well?  

If there are those who have been hurt by the church, I first want to say I'm sorry. That was wrong and it shouldn't have happened. That church wasn't being the church that God needed it to be and they let you down. That was wrong. I also want to say, please give us another chance. Not all churches are like the one that let you down. There are many other churches out there that want to build you up instead of tear you down. There are churches that are more concerned about reminding you that you are a child of God, and that God loves you, instead of threatening you with guilt, shame and hell. Maybe church can be a place where healing is found again.  

What begins here...  I hope at Epiphany healing begins here. I know it isn't a perfect place, but I hope as we strive to reflect the profound love that God has for us, others discover God's love for them too. Then maybe healing can begin. I believe this is the kind of church that God hopes we will be. I believe this is the church that the world needs us to be. Healing begins here. 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: October 9, 2019 9:07 AM