Learning the healer’s art

Friday June 21, 2019 Written by Published in Church Talk
Family and friends, as well as doctors, surgeons, specialists and nurses, all helped John Mateara when he suffered complications after open heart surgery at Auckland City Hospital. Family and friends, as well as doctors, surgeons, specialists and nurses, all helped John Mateara when he suffered complications after open heart surgery at Auckland City Hospital.

Even simple acts of love – like smiling – can have a powerful influence, writes John Mateara from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 While the Saviour Jesus Christ lived upon the earth, what did he spend most of his time doing?

In my humble opinion I would say “service and healing”.

Service I could probably do, but healing? Am I capable of helping someone to heal from whatever it is they are struggling with or recovering from?

Approximately a year ago I was in the process of recovering from open heart surgery that had been followed by severe complications. I think of those who had helped me in my healing process, and the list was long: Family, friends, colleagues, associates and acquaintances, not forgetting the doctors, surgeons, specialists and nurses.

If they could help me heal, couldn’t I do the same for others?

Each of us can learn the healer’s art.

We are surrounded by those who are suffering from physical, mental, and spiritual sickness who would be blessed by our help.

Being sick, can be very isolating.

People spend many lonely hours in bedrooms or hospital rooms trying to recuperate, and it is easy for their spirits to become depressed. As the darkness gathers the visit of a caring friend or family member can bring light into their lives.

“And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day” (Isaiah 58:10)

Listening is such a great help in troubled times. Listening and not judging. Listening patiently, sincerely, and lovingly is a valuable support to those who are trying to heal.

Giving comfort involves compassion, kindness, careful attention and time, caring, love, and charity. It is embracing those who are sick or afflicted with loving arms to help them face and bear their sufferings.

As followers of Christ seeking to learn his healer’s art, we can begin to look upon people with the eyes of Christ.

We can take the time to say hello, to smile, to ask about their day. We may never know the healing balm that our efforts may be to those around us who are lonely, depressed, sick, weak, or suffering. Even simple acts of love can have a powerful influence.

As we do the works of Christ and participate in the healing of others, great blessings will flow. To him who has offered us the healing balm of his atonement, we can offer our small efforts to help in the healing process of our brothers and sisters.

This is truly the healer’s art.

Christ knows how to minister to others perfectly. When the saviour stretches out his hands, those he touches are uplifted and become greater, stronger, and better people as a result.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

- John Holmes

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