Be Healed by Sharing
- Created on September 13th, 2006
"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him,...and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up..."
Physical healing can actually take place by sharing your physical challenges and fears with your church leadership, friends and family. Suffering in silence may be a badge of honor to some, but it goes totally against biblical principles.
I find it sad when those who are elderly, sit silently among family and friends during times of difficulty, and are unable to share their burdens due to the fear of being labeled a complainer or "someone that just became to much to deal with, so we better send "old grandma" to that nursing home because I’m just so tired of all the aggravation. Please know that their complaints may be aggravating, but valid.
Your elderly grandfather, or aging mother may suffer needlessly during difficult periods because most people don’t understand the power of sharing our feelings, fears and needs are essential tools in healing, both physically and mentally.
Every account of healing in the "New Testament" is the result of people asking Jesus to heal them. There is not one story in the entire bible when the person kept silent about their illness and got healed. When the people who were sick could not come to Jesus, their friends or family would come on their behalf.
Too often people that need the most help, are the ones who are least likely to share their difficulties. They feel as though they’re being a burden, so they try not to let anyone know what they’re going through. They don’t want to be an inconvenience to anyone. Their response to the question "is everything okay"? is usually answered with "I’m doing well, please don’t worry about me", or "I can manage, you don’t have to be bothered with my problems." Sometimes their response is a very prideful "I don’t need any help, I’m fine." I’m sure we can all relate the feeling that it would just be easier to "be quiet" and ride it out.
I want to encourage those who have relatives, friends and significant others who are in nursing homes, hospitals or hospice to be their voice. There is a strong possibility you may be the only voice they have. You may have to help describe those physical symptoms to their doctors, or explain that financial and housing situation to their social service worker. Navigating through any government agency is a Goliath task that needs both divine and human help.
One of the things I find to be most helpful is not to ask if they need any help, but to just offer your assistance. i.e. "Where would you like to go for dinner?" or I just brought this dress for you because I thought it would look so nice on you. You may even offer to take them on a ride while you’re running an errand because you need some company.
Physical healing as well as a good mental attitude is contingent upon getting others involved. Take it upon yourself to help those seniors who you feel may need of support by initiating conversations and companionship. We all respond well to someone who cares. Don’t let anyone suffer in silence. All they may be looking for is a good conversation and a little company. You may be just the voice they need.
Blessings on your journey to wellness.