Compassionate Presence

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Ponder how you might be an instrument of healing.


Listen to my song “Make Me a Channel” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Mark 7:32-35

And people brought to Jesus a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. Jesus took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man’s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!” (that is, “Be opened!”) And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly.


Jesus definitely was a healer.

But as this story shows, his healing ability seemed very enmeshed in the organic messiness of our humanness.

Jesus didn’t just wave a magic wand.

He used spit and his fingers – and even “groaned” while in the process.

What do we make of this?

I’m not sure.

But Jesus is also quoted as saying, “Whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12).

Could it be that we all have abilities to heal when we connect to the Sacred Unity of God?

Could it be that this Sacred Unity, this Love that has created everything and continues to create, purveys all that is and we simply need to be in touch with it?

I am excited about the possibilities!

But let us remember that we are only instruments of healing.

God is the Healer.

We are the ones to open the channels of healing between the Healer and the one in need.

The healing that occurs might not be a physical cure.

Healing happens on many levels…some of which we know nothing about.

The goal is our spiritual wholeness.


Listen to the song of the day “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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