Hope and healing at street level

How do you define healing? Is it all about relief from physical trouble and suffering, or does it have to do with more than just the human body? Is healing something that's too much to hope for on a consistent basis in your life, or do you feel you have the means confidently to expect it, without the fear of being let down by false hope?

Ask many people what healing means, and you're likely to get an answer that covers the whole ground of human affairs. Yes, they might say, it's definitely about curing sickness and also preventing it before it begins. But you also might find healing discussed in terms of relationships, economic situations, emotional outlook, and world affairs. This broader definition of healing relates to believing that, while life conjures up a countless variety of problems — some that are physical and many that are not — there is a path to solving them all, a mental path, a spiritual path.

July 28, 2003

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