“Presence” at Tenwek, Africa 2012
All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (The Message)
I did understand that “presence” was a critical ingredient of healing. What I didn’t understand that “being present” for extended periods is very difficult and painful. As physicians, we are known to “come and go”, but we are most effective when we stop and sit! How does that change the patient and healer?
According to St. Paul, we are part of the healing story when we are present and share the pain. According to scripture, the good news is that we also become part of the healing. What is also obvious, but often missed, is that healing is not a “solo” experience, but one that is shared with community, just as God shared his son.
The experience in Africa has taught me that healing is not about them, it is about us! We have been and are healed by a God of us all. Thanks for sending Bwana Yesu to show us your healing presence.
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