Sunday, November 18, 2012

Healing Communities - "For the Greater Glory of God"

"Running Water" in Nicaragua from “Called to Life”

The poor in spirit see and are glad
Oh, you God-seekers, take heart!

For God listens to the poor,
He doesn’t walk out on the wretched.

You heavens, praise him; praise him, earth;
Also ocean and all things that swim in it.

Psalm 69: 32-34 The Message

"Community" usually has a small definition.  Our circle of church family, friends and relatives were defined by a 25 mile radius.  We got our news locally as well as our care.   We still see the value of small and close communities, but are now blessed with global relationships and connections.

Here are some recent observations about our expanded healing communities:
  1. The church and faith are global and the context of healing.
  2. Those who suffer bring a powerful voice of comfort and courage.
  3. Healing is learned best from those with longterm struggles.
  4. Their struggles are our struggles and our struggles are their struggles.
So the good news for our struggles in “developed” countries, is that our healing can come from places that we never expected.  Their faith is a testimony to our God who is bigger than our expectations or struggles!


"For the Greater Glory of God" - "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam” - Motto at Georgetown University
Bono’s visit to Georgetown on 11/12/2012


  1. "Their struggles are our struggles" - not a universally accepted truth, I'm afraid.

  2. I recall a church service in Honduras in the 90's when the lay leader clasped his hands together as a symbol of solidarity between this small community and the "guests" from the North. Since that time, it seems to me that what is most desired is a relationship/partnership that is not built on gifts but joining in common struggles.

    So when I now see the passion of Bono, I am encouraged that our previously limited experiences now have a visability that is contagious!

    As always, thanks for reading.