God has great love for all of creation. God is especially concerned for the human family. Particularly in times of sickness, sorrow or distress, we need to receive the gift of God’s healing presence.
From the earliest of days, Christians have anointed those in need with fragrant oil, which is a sign of longevity and life. Healing also includes the laying on of caring hands, just as though they were the hands of God. Finally, healing includes prayer.
These signs of God’s commitment and love, first given in Baptism, tell us again that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked forever with the cross of Christ, who is health and salvation for the whole world.
In the ministry of healing, the church does not replace the gifts of God that come through the scientific community, nor does it promise a cure. The church offers and celebrates God’s commitment to provide strength and comfort, wholeness and peace to all in need through many means.
The church trusts that final healing and wholeness comes through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus: this too shall be our hope.
A baptized person is never alone. God is always present, and is present in many and various ways. Particularly in moments of physical and emotional need, God’s presence can be felt in those who provide community: attending professionals, family, friends, and sisters and brothers in Christ. All these people surround those in need with the care, concern and prayer that show forth healing and wholeness in mind, body and spirit.