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August 2018: Surrendering



You may be aware that in February I was admitted to hospital for urgent treatment for kidney failure, which is now under control and the treatment is working well. However it is not about my illness I want to write but rather the actual reality of ‘being in hospital’. Many of you will know what I mean when I say that this experience means surrendering yourself completely to those who are caring for you. There is little you can do for yourself, you have to rely totally on the expertise of those caring for you –the doctors and nurses. And you have to trust them all – and in that situation that is what you do.

So, on reflection I wonder why can’t we do that with God? In the Gospels faith, wholeness and healing were always connected. Jesus urged people to have faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed. In most of the stories we find that the people who needed healing were unable to go to Jesus themselves and it was their loved ones who had to have the faith and trust for them. There are two clear examples of this. Jairus came to Jesus to beg him to cure his daughter, and even when told she had died he said “My daughter has just died, but come lay your hands on her and she will live”. And there was the Centurian whose servant was paralysed who begged for him to be healed, but his faith was so strong that he told Jesus he had faith Jesus could do it there and then – no need to go to his house and lay hands on him. Jesus was amazed at this faith, and the servant was cured at that moment.

Surely, if in times of distress, we are able to surrender to the care of people such as doctors, nurses etc, wonderful people, but human nevertheless, we should even more, trust and surrender ourselves to our loving God. In bad times and in good.

Maggie Swayze (Assistant Priest: Diss Team Ministry)