Adventures in Healing and Wholeness #13 – A Playful Interlude

Healing is all about celebration. It’s about being freed to live joyfully and abundantly. This is the point of the conclusion of the story of the healing of Jairus’ daughter. “Jesus told them to give her something to eat.” Now, let’s be real here. Jesus didn’t just request unleavened bread; in a time of great joy, you eat celebrative food.

Spirituality is not about being dour; nor is healing about solemnity. It is about wonder, awe, praise, and celebration. In this spirit, take a moment for an adventure in playful spirituality.

Imagine that Jesus has just awakened you. How do you feel when you wake up to his loving gaze, as if you are the only person in the world? As you look at one another, Jesus asks, “what do you want me to cook for you?” Think big now, “If Jesus was going to cook something you really wanted, what would it be?” (Would it be macaroni and cheese, pizza, filet mignon, salmon, strawberry shortcake?)

Visualize Jesus giving you a meal worth remembering. Rejoice in the feast.

Healing reminds us that life is Eucharistic. It is a table placed before us for our enjoyment, but it is also a table placed before everyone. As we savor the joys of life, let us be generous in our sharing and stewardship so that others, especially the poor, homeless, marginalized, might rejoice in the beauties of life.

For today’s affirmations, take time simply to reflect on these affirmations:
I give thanks for everything I eat.
I eat healthy and savory foods.
I generously share my resources with others.

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 has taught at Georgetown University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is currently theologian in residence at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. His most recent book Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed will be released in May 2011. He can be reached for lectures, seminars, and retreats at bruceepperly@gmail.com

About Bruce Epperly

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, and Pastor of South Congregational United Church of Christ, Centerville (Cape Cod), Massachusetts. He is the author of twenty five books, including Process Theology: A Guide to the Perplexed, Philippians: An Interactive Bible Study,The Center is Everywhere: Celtic Spirituality for the Postmodern Age, and Emerging Process: Adventurous Theology for a Missional Church. He also writes regularly for the Process and Faith lectionary. He has served as chaplain, professor, and administrator at Georgetown University, Lancaster Theological Seminary, Wesley School of Theology, and Claremont School of Theology. He may be reached at drbruceepperly@aol.com for lectures, workshops, and retreats. His latest book is Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel (Energion).


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