"What is it that you people do?"

Christian healing isn't really mysterious. It's something that we are all capable of practicing.

In my country, every ten years the government takes a census of the whole population. A questionnaire is left at every house, and the forms are collected later after they have been completed.

Last year when the official called to collect our forms, he was surprised to find that I had entered "Spiritual Healing" in the space where I was to describe the nature of the work I perform. He asked me, "What is it that you people do?" I explained briefly, and after he had gone I found myself thinking about his question quite a lot. I began to realize more than before how difficult it must be for people who have perhaps never studied the Bible, and who have little understanding of God, to grasp what spiritual healing—Christian healing—is all about.

The word spiritual seems abstract to a lot of people, but it describes the very natural way of thinking and feeling that recognizes God's presence in our lives—not as an anthropomorphic deity who is sometimes kind and sometimes cruel, but as the one God who is divine Love, pure Spirit. The term spiritual also describes our true selfhood in accord with the Biblical description of man as the image and likeness of God, having dominion.

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December 14, 1992

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