Walking in a healer's shoes

One of the things I have always loved about the Bible is the way it speaks to me so directly of my relation to God. In essence, it says to me—and to every reader—"Each of us is God's child, His image. Be who you are; be Godlike." Take this passage from the book of Micah, for example: "He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (6:8). It asks us each to fill our own shoes as God's child—humbly to walk each step of our life with God and His laws as our guide. That's how Christ Jesus lived. That's what made him a healer. Throughout his ministry he walked as the Son of God. He was a healer by reason of spiritual reflection.

No one else can walk in our shoes; no one else can fill your or my individual position as a son or daughter of God. Yet, to be our true, Godlike selves—when alone, with family, friends, schoolmates, or co-workers—we need that deep humility the Bible speaks of. We need to realize that God is our source and sustainer, and not we ourselves. And in those instances when we succeed in doing so, we shouldn't be surprised to find ourselves walking in the shoes of a healer—finding opportunity to reflect God's healing power, not only for our own benefit but for others' as well. We also shouldn't be surprised to find ourselves yearning to be more consistent in our reflection of God's goodness and purity—and thus, to be a better healer.

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