Becoming Holy

Even If the Healing Doesn’t Come

on February 11, 2013

149292_1618025645343_3851549_nI have been looking forward to today all week. Actually, I have been looking forward to it all year!  It’s the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes~our family’s special patroness.  Our trip to Lourdes, France, in November of 2010 was a profound pilgrimage for our family of seven.  Everything about Lourdes holds a sacred place in my heart and every feast associated with Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette has spiritual significance for us.  I wasn’t able to rally the troops for morning Mass…I was running LATE and feeling bad.   I prayed I would hit the lights right and make it to the church on time.  The radio came on and the first words I heard were the words from the Kutless song, “Even If the Healing Doesn’t Come.”  For those of you who are unfamiliar, I am posting the lyrics below.  For those who know the song, you will understand why my heart dropped and a short series of sobs escaped from me.  I really did NOT want to hear a song about healing not coming~and especially not today!  The feast of Our Lady of Lourdes~World Day of the Sick!!!  Not appreciating God’s sense of timing, I forced myself to voice aloud that I would bless the Lord even if the healing doesn’t come.  Of course, that brought all kinds of tears to my eyes as I drove to Mass, trying to be on time!  

I made it pretty much on the buzzer and settled in to pray for Gabbie and all the sick of the world.  The Gospel was from Mark 6:53-56 and spoke of the healing powers of Jesus and the faith the people had in Him to heal the sick.  When Jesus left the boat and people recognized Him, “they scurried about the surrounding country and began to bring in the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed.”  I thought to myself, “Well, that’s encouraging.  Jesus healed EVERYONE who touched His cloak.”  At least there was no talk about a lack of healing in the Scripture.  Big sigh of relief.  The prayers of the faithful brought more tears to my eyes as Father Auve prayed for healing on all the sick of the world.  Please Jesus, bring healing to Gabbie.  Please Jesus.

And then it hit me~the beauty of the song, the beauty of the Gospel, the beauty of our trip to Lourdes all merged into one beautiful, tear-stained message from God.  We did not experience Gabbie’s immediate physical healing at Lourdes.  Healing did come though and it almost defies description.  This morning’s love song from God was about staying in the present, blessing Him at all times and continuing to bring Gabbie and all our sick into the “marketplace of prayer.”  For it is only in the sacred place of prayer and faith that Jesus heals.  First we must recognize Him, then we must go to Him and finally, we must reach out to Him.  Recognize.  Go.  Reach.  

“You are God and we will bless you as the Good and Faithful One.  You are God and we will bless You, even if the healing doesn’t come.”

“Even If the Healing Doesn’t Come”  by Kutless

Sometimes all we have to hold on to
Is what we know is true of who You are
So when the heartache hits like a hurricane
That could never change who You are
And we trust in who You are

Even if the healing doesn’t come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God You are good
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing
Even if the healing doesn’t come

Lord we know your ways are not our ways
So we set our faith in who You are
Even though You reign high above us
You tenderly love us
We know Your heart
And we rest in who You are

You’re still the Great and Mighty One
We trust You always
You’re working all things for our good
We’ll sing your praise

You are God and we will bless You
As the Good and Faithful One
You are God and we will bless You
Even if the healing doesn’t come
Even if the healing doesn’t come

Lourdes 2010

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5 responses to “Even If the Healing Doesn’t Come

  1. Wende says:

    Special prayers being said for Gabbie and your family today. Always praying and knowing that God can do anything! Love to you all!

  2. Janae says:

    Love you Charlene!

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