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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and religious resources. This Home Page is changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You are warmly
invited to read every quote posted for each theme, or simply to read those that interest you. They are
offered in the belief that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and that finding the commonality
in religions is more important than pointing up the differences. Religion is precious gift that blesses the
individual and uplifts the community. However you worship, I hope this site enhances your journey. Let
us meet regularly and build a spiritual network. If you'd like to know my story, click on biography.
|On Today's Theme:
Every one of us knows what it is to be ill, even if it's only with a cold. Others know what it
feels like to live with a chronic or a terminal disease. Is the desire to be healed merely
wishful thinking, or is it predicated on a genuine spiritual hope that dwells within us?
The answer lies in the fact that every spiritual tradition includes healing in its beliefs.
To ask for healing, whether for ourselves or for others, requires a lifting of our hearts;
a relinquishing of mortal will and an embracing of humility, faith and trust. Reaching
into our hearts for the Kingdom within necessarily means reaching through the mater-
ial into the spiritual realm. One truly cannot sit in a puddle of mortality and conceive of,
let alone receive, a healing. As we pray for healing today, for ourselves or for others,
let our spirits be buoyed in the knowledge that God heals and with the confidence that
comes from knowing He loves us tenderly. Look up with joy! He is gazing at you!
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him,
pleading with Him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed,
dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You should
come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to
this one, 'Go,' and he goes; and to another,
'Come,' and he comes;
and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed,
"Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even
in Israel! ... Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and
as you have believed, so let it be done for you."
And his servant was healed that same hour.
Matthew 8: 5-10, 13
New King James Bible
A Healing Prayer
In silence now
I open my mind,
my heart and spirit
to God, who is ever
the One Healer.
O God, let love
Let peace soothe
Let joy re-energize
my whole body.
In silence now
I let go and let
the total perfection
that Is God be
the total truth
of my whole being
at this very moment
and for always.
- Elizabeth Searle Lamb
Excerpted from "Bless the Day,"
by June Cotner
Kodansha International, 1998
Mother, sing me a song
That will ease my pain,
Mend broken bones,
Bring wholeness again.
Catch my babies
When they are born,
Sing my death song,
Teach me how to mourn.
Show me the Medicine
Of healing herbs,
The value of spirit,
The way I can serve.
Mother, heal my heart
So that I can see
The gifts of yours
That can live through me.
Native American healing prayer
Courtesy of 1stHolistic.com
And now, the Last Word:
The Lord answered all my questions and
doubts: "I make all things well; I can make
all things well; I shall make all things well;
and you shall see yourself that all
things shall be well."
Julian of Norwich (1343 - c. 1416)
Anchoress of Church of St. Julian,
Norwich, England; she wrote the first
known book written by a woman in
the English language.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
Socrates (c. 470 BC - 399 BC)
Classical Greek philosopher
Book of Matthew;
Elizabeth Searle Lamb;
prayer for healing;
Singer Kellie Coffey;
Julian of Norwich