“But for you who obey me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun and bring healing like the sun’s rays.” (Malachi 4:2)

I watched as these giant redwoods repeated their daily ritual, the same ritual they had performed for thousands and thousands of days.  They held the last rays of the sun high up in their branches and let the sun gently caress their limbs, providing them the miraculous life-nurturing gift of God.  Closer inspection of these giants revealed some of the scars left from branches having been torn away by storms, aging, and the like.  The scars may be evidence of trauma and damage, but more importantly, the scars are evidence of healing.


I am amazed at the power of healing that God has built into this creation.  Be it a tree with its trunk ulcerated by the loss of a limb or a hand with a deep gash from a knife, the same process begins.  Cell piles upon cell to seal the wound, fill the void, and reestablish the integrity of the whole.  That’s the power of God’s healing.  What a miracle!

As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11 I’ve been doing a lot of remembering.  But as I’ve remembered I’ve found my thoughts focusing more on healing.  Remembering is important, but I think focusing on healing is even more important.   If we’re not careful in our remembering, it seems to me that we risk undoing some of the important healing that has already occurred and sabotaging the healing that is still necessary.

I pray that God will help me focus on healing, and use me as a tool in that divine, restorative and creative process.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on September 7, 2011.

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