Ways to Promote Spiritual Healing
We can experience intense grief in life. Bruce Murakami (who lost his wife and daughter in a car crash as a result of a racing young driver) offered these suggestions in finding healing.
Have a “Healing Place”
We are affected by our environment, so find a place that gives you peace. Jesus did this. Next to the water is a place that Bruce loves (he and his wife met in Hawaii). This doesn’t mean finding a “feel-good” place, but a healing place.
Luke 5:15-16 – Jesus often prayed in the wilderness. Jesus could have prayed anywhere, but he went to natural surroundings to be by himself.
John 18:1-2 – Jesus often went to Gethsemane. This was a place Jesus frequented with his disciples.
The Greatest Good
Seek the greatest good of all concerned. The young man that caused Bruce’s wife and daughter to perish was being totally irresponsible. But, don’t just lash out when wrong has been done to you…look at the bigger picture!
• Take responsibility for your actions – James 5:16 Confess your sins
• Forgive those who sin against you – Matthew 18:21-35
Even though it takes these two things to help both parties move on, we can extend forgiveness (and thus get some release) regardless of what the other person does.
The Power of the Written Word
We find ourselves in “pits of darkness”. But rather than seeing ourselves in a “pit”, see such periods as “tunnels of darkness” through which we are moving!
Romans 15:4 – The encouragement of the Scriptures. The scriptures are God-breathed words from His heart to ours. Our physical bodies need nourishment…our spiritual beings need nourishment as well.
Learning to Say “Thanks”
In the midst of tremendous pain, it is hard to see the good. Thus, you must purposefully look for what is good in your life. Quoting Bruce Murakami, “The more you look at life as a punishment to you, the more it seems to punish you. The more you look at life with gratitude, the more gifts it seems to have for you!”
Ephesians 5:20 – Always giving thanks for all things. This means not just in the good times, but especially in the bad!
Philippians 4:6 – In everything by prayer…with thanksgiving. In all circumstances, discipline yourself to give thanks. Gifts are truly enriched when we put forth the effort to thank the giver.
It’s Okay to Laugh (Rejoice)
In the midst of grief, you may tend to feel guilty at ever laughing. But laughter is a gift from God. We can laugh. It is the little things that can help us move forward.
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice always. We can’t really find verses on laughter, as such, but indeed, always rejoicing is commanded (which means even in challenging circumstances).
1 Thessalonians 5:16 – “Rejoice always.” This is part of the Christian life. Take joy and laughter seriously.
Give a Little
God calls upon us to share. “Random acts of kindness” can help us feel better.
Ephesians 4:28 – Share with him in need
1 Timothy 6:17-19 – Be generous and ready to share. Verse 17 – Things to enjoy! God intends for us to enjoy, and one of the greatest ways to enjoy is to share with others.
Love: A Real Miracle
More than anything else, love extended to others brought the greatest healing for Bruce Murakami.
1 Corinthians 14:1 – Pursue love. This is the best thing we can do for our lives. There is no greater compliment than to be described as “loving”.
Colossians 3:14 – Put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Hardened by bitterness, we can prevent love from coming into our hearts.
The question is often asked, “Why is there so much suffering in the world?” I believe it is because of the incredible conflict between evil and good. May God help us to overcome the evil with good.
—Robert Lee, 5-13-07, p.m.