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

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.