Hello, everyone. This has been a hard piece to write. it relates back to what I said a few days ago about the realisation that perhaps we are healed through loving others…

* [Jesus] answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Luke 10:27; NIV).
* …remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’
 (Acts 20:35; NIV).
* I am the LORD, who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NIV).

Why does it take a lifetime to be healed?

Well, first we need to follow your dear Son
As his disciples,
Learning to accept his loving-kindness,
Slowly becoming more like him –
And this takes time.

Next, we need to accept ourselves
Just as we are,
Treating ourselves with loving-kindness –
And this, too, takes time.

Then, our own acceptance, love and kindness
Will naturally overflow to everyone we meet,
Until we see, at last, 
That healing only comes through loving God
And loving other people as ourselves –
So that’s why it takes a lifetime to be healed!


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