Family Ministries Blog

All Saints' Episcopal Church in Lakeland, Florida provides this forum as an exploration of family life with an emphasis on parenting, children, and teens. We hope that you will join our conversation and visit our children & youth ministries.

Healing & Relationship

A few years ago after my husband and I adopted our teenage son, we were working with a family counselor to try to help us understand our role as adoptive parents. That counselor had a motto that kept coming back in our times together: "Healing comes through relationship." That's a great phrase to keep revisiting...

All of us need the healing which God provides to us through belief in Jesus as Savior - the ultimate relationship in our lives. We could stop with our meditation at this point, couldn't we?! This is an ongoing meditation as Christians to continue to mull over what it means for us personally to be healed time and time again through a daily walk with Christ!

If we continue the meditation, however, it takes us to contemplate the relationships within our home or the people closest to us. Are we pursuing these relationships to the fullest and can we recognize healing within ourselves and in others? This might be harder to discern, depending upon being able to identify what needs to be healed, but I imagine we can all think of some measure of healing that can take place. Let's keep the relationships strong and healthy!

What if we expand the nature of relationship to include each other within our community of faith? The church is supposed to be a place of healing for everyone in the variety of ways that each needs, and it seems to me that if we are intentional about being in relationship with each other, the healing has a chance to come through our listening, our caring, our being together. God can use us to be the hands, feet, and eyes that reach out and meet each other where we most need it. I appreciate the following poem by St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) and may it inspire us in our daily life and work and encourage us to draw together each week to practice the art of healing through relationship.

 

Christ Has No Body

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

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