Scientific research is now confirming what many of us have suspected all along – that love plays a big part in the healing of a hurting body. The poet Elizabeth Barrett was an invalid for many years, unable to lift her head from her pillow. But one day she was visited by a man named Robert Browning. It was love at first sight, and in just one visit, he brought her so much joy and happiness that she lifted her head. On the second visit, she sat up. On the third visit, they eloped! Love has a power to heal both physically and emotionally. No wonder people were healed by coming into physical contact with Jesus. He was love incarnate, and that’s what he is calling us to be today – love made flesh, love personified, love lived out. Think of it – love heals!
Let us pray: God of love and hope, when we are weak, you are to us like a rock. When we are befitted or endangered by life’s events, you are our fortress. Open our eyes to the beauty of the world you have created; open our ears to your still small voice that seeks to influence us; open our hearts to your amazing grace and forgiving love. Now melt us, mold us, fill us, use us, so that our lives will more closely reflect the life of Jesus, the Christ, whose we are and whom we seek to serve. In his name. Amen.
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