Daily Bread August 03

Healing of Mind and Spirit
Karen Anne Smith of Ludington, MI, USA


And just then some people were carrying a paralyzed man lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” -Matthew 9:2

Does this seem like an odd thing to say to someone that is paralyzed? Jesus healed many people of their afflictions, but he was even more concerned with afflictions of the heart. We all suffer from emotional and spiritual turmoil to some degree. We have worries, anxiety, depression, and guilt. We need healing of the mind and spirit even more than of the body. Christ can do this.

In my journey as an autism mom there has been a ton of upset. I have worried about my boys’ futures and carried anxiety about how they will respond. I have feared judgment from strangers and neighbors, played the “guilt game.” (Did I do something that caused their autism?) There have been days of depression. Only by the grace of God have I learned compassion, gained insight, and become stronger. Jesus still heals the broken heart, and he still guides us on whatever journeys we must travel. That’s been my experience.

By the way, the Bible story goes on to tell us that some of the scribes grumbled among themselves because they considered Jesus’ forgiveness to be blasphemy. “But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said, ‘Why do you harbor evil in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven,” or to say, “Get up and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…’ Then He said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and go home'” (Matthew 9:4-6).

And the paralytic got up and went his way.

Prayer Phrase

“In God’s hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10).

Spiritual Practice

All That Lives

Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the trees and all creation. Offer a prayer of gratitude for your connection to all that lives. Ask for grace to discern and carry out one small act of justice or healing that creates greater wholeness for the plants, animals, trees, waters, air, and land that are part of the community of creation.

Today’s Prayer for Peace

Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.

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