Our Vocation is to be God’s Companion in Healing the World

In the Jewish tradition, the words “tikkun olam” mean repairing or mending the world. What we do really matters. Each act brings and detracts from the beauty of the world. In an open universe in which the future awaits our decisions, our calling is to companion with God in healing the world.

In the interdependence of life, our acts radiate across the universe, shaping the micro and macro. Embracing our calling as members of the body of Christ brings wholeness and beauty to our lives and contributes to the well-being of the whole. The world can’t be complete without our contribution.

In Jesus’ parable of the Lost Sheep leaves the ninety nine sheep to search for the one lost sheep. The quest reflects the shepherd’s love for one foolish lamb; but more than that, the other ninety nine can’t find wholeness apart from the one who is missing.

Today, take time to visualize your place in the universe. What is your gift to your companions? What nurtures you most? Visualize the creative and loving energy of the universe flowing in and through you to bring life and beauty to the whole. In what ways might your actions best shape the future of our planet as well as your family and community.

Living with the following affirmations will change the way you look at yourself and the world:

I claim my vocation as God’s partner in healing the world.
The healing energy of the universe flows in and through me.
I am connected – and bring beauty – to all living things.
My actions bring healing in the world and those around me.

Today, you can bless the world by seeing holiness in all things, and bringing forth that holiness in all your encounters.

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He may be reached at bruceepperly@gmail.com.

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.


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