HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Oct. 26, 2016-I WAS SICK, AND YOU CARED FOR ME
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“Healing yourself is connected with healing others.” – Yoko Ono
It was a lesson that took me a long time to figure out. When I was a child, I gave, and assisted, and helped heal without any thought to it. In my last devotional for this month’s “I was sick and you took care of me” theme I want to talk about the wide variety of effect that helping heal others can have on our own healing process. Of course, just as God tells us to do time and time again, we are to help our sisters and brothers along their spiritual path. In helping others we affect our own spiritual well being. Not only does this “give back,” so to speak, for God’s helping and healing of ourselves when we needed it, but it also allows us to experience a form of healing in itself. When we become instruments for God to heal others through, it can heal our own wounds, through knowing we are helping someone who may be in a battle on their spiritual journey we once had to fight ourselves.
However, as I have said before, I believe one of the most important tenets in the Bible is temperance and in the case of healing others, the ideas of temperance must certainly be upheld for your own health and well being. There is a quote from Buddha that at first glance appears selfish and contrary to the way of helping others but in all actuality, if followed properly, will allow you to better serve the people of the world around you and keep your own health and well being in check.
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”
Like I said, taken out of context this quote can seem selfish and unconcerned with the people around you, but when applied to the temperance tenets of the bible this quote provides us a heavy philosophical base on which to stand while helping others. At its core, this Buddha quote is simply reminding us that for all of those we help, we are also as worthy of our love and affection as anyone else is. When we realize that perhaps we are doing a disservice to ourselves or letting the quality of our own spiritual path slip, it’s time to take a step back, get our minds right, and reevaluate our pathways so that we may better serve God and the ones who need our help in healing.
It is important to be a helper in this often times cruel and unforgiving world. It is part of our duties as followers of God. We should seek out those in need of healing and showcase for them the love and healing power of God. In doing so we will not only help them heal but heal ourselves, and sometimes from old wounds we had no recognition had not healed properly in the first place. Keep your head however, and pray constantly for God’s guidance. We should help as much as we can without allowing ourselves to become weakened or sustainable to further damage. It’s hard to help heal someone if you are suffering yourself. Following God’s will, temperance, and prayer will aid you in being able to help in the healing of others without weakening yourself. In doing these things, God will allow you to reap the full benefits of helping others, for yourself and the world we are to serve.
Today’s Action: Help someone you know heal. Pray, ask for help, and remain temperate in your actions so that you may continue to traverse your spiritual path and assist your brother or sister in regaining the ability to traverse their own.
Today’s Sharing: Share the story of a time when you helped someone heal. What were the effects? Did you feel the personal sense of healing that comes with assisting others? Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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