For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
I have been reading a series of books about the direction of our lives as individuals and communities. I know that seems like an odd choice for someone “on the back nine”. My age group seems more likely to be focused on past accomplishments and writing their memoirs.
My concern has been how will medicine and the church reconnect to the “Healing Mission”. I saw the problem through the lens of my personal experiences. What I found is that I am not alone in my concerns and the mission needs to be rediscovered by each generation. Our job “on the back nine”, is to provide the tools to help the next generation discover their healing mission. We need to design new healing mission solutions.
Maybe a better way forward would be to divide the “solutions” into smaller sections…personal, interpersonal and community. What we can do as individuals, groups and communities are very different. We all know that healing is a BIG mission that needs action. The faith communities and healthcare share the mission of WELL BEING -BEING WELL. Thanks for the new voices exploring these intersections. Check out the work of Duke Divinity School.
Burnett, B., & Evans, D. (2016). Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life. Knopf.
Hage, M. L. (2015). Healing Work.
Hage, M. L. (2016). A Healing Curriculum.
Unexpected Intersections: Arts, Medicine, and Theology--Ray Barfield and Jeremy Begbie