Read Acts 5:12-16.
Everyone Was Healed
The last line of this text stands out – everyone was healed. Everyone who came to the Apostles were healed; it didn’t matter who they were or where they were from, it just mattered that they believed in Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be healed.
The original word in Greek is θεραπεύω (therapeuō), which means “to serve, to give help, take care of another; by extension: to heal, cure; (passive) to be healed.” The layers of meaning to this word are striking; it is about acts of service to another person. It is something that is being done for you rather than by you. It isn’t something you can necessarily do for yourself.
The definition “take care of another” is particularly interesting. This text shines a light on allowing others to help us heal. Taking care of someone else doesn’t necessarily dictate physically curing them. It is open ended and creates so much room for interpretation. During this season, especially with the world in the state that it is, take the time to carry on this practice of the early church – to “heal” each other, to take care of one another.
Who are the people in your life that have helped “heal” you (physically, mentally, spiritually)? What kind of impact did this have on your faith or spiritual life? The Church has hurt rather than “healed” many people; what are ways in which the Church can return to “healing” rather than hurting?
God of all seasons, help us to seek healing for one another and ourselves, as an act of service unto you. Amen.
Sarah Grace Hall
Program Assistant, Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center