The Rev. Megan Dembi
St. Thomas, Morgantown

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him.

-Matthew 8:17

Yesterday’s post was about healing-discovering what it is we need to heal and supporting others who are struggling. But what’s the end goal of our working towards healing: healing for ourselves, healing for our relationships, healing for our diocese? It’s true that this healing is self-serving. It will make us happier, more content, and more effective at achieving our goals. But there is also a higher reason for us to seek out this healing. Becoming healthier and more whole enables us to better serve and follow Christ. Because it is difficult to do Christ’s work in the world if we have wounds that we never address. That does not mean that we must be completely healthy to serve Christ. There are hurts in our lives individually and collectively that will never go away. But we have to care for ourselves if we want to minister to others. So let us seek support from Christ and from one another as we continue this pilgrimage, that we may better serve Christ and the world.