We love the beauty of God’s image expressed in the world, but how do we respond to destructive, indifferent anti-Rapha expressions? How do we react when we see neighbors dragged into ditches or simply stumble down helpless?
Ignore it? Defend the weak? Or…wait, what did Jesus say?
God our healer, what a powerful gift! Could we even survive without God’s healing? Could we survive without our neighbors willingness to give the gift of healing to our world? To us?
I loved gathering my own pictures to express God as healer…so powerful. Then people, created in God’s image, healing; so encouraging, life affirming and hopeful. We need each other!
Created in the image of God
Everyday, Rapha heals in a million ways. We catch glimpses, sometimes as healers, sometimes patients, often observers. We breathe deeply our gratitude and go on. But let’s slow down, check the mirror.
“God, how am I healer?”
Ah, wisdom comes from God and our lives are enriched.
Destructive, Indifferent: Jehovah Rapha image marred
Sometimes, God’s Rapha image in people is marred and misrepresented. Assault, violence, even cold indifference breaks our hearts.
- Do we turn our eyes away, disconnect from the disturbing?
- Do we rise up in rage, destroying in return?
- And what did Jesus say, anyway?
I collected some pictures of modern violence and neglect, but put them away. No need to look on evil, I thought. Then, in the quiet, I remembered the cross. There, our perfect expression of Jehovah Rapha in human life met a pure expression of anti-Rapha in human hands. Pilate indifferent. Others, destructive. The image of God within them traded for the image of evil.
And today, I stand on the edge of the circle, seeing Rapha beautiful and bright. Seeing evil horrendous and dark. How are we to respond?
I was haunted with the question: How do we react when we see neighbors dragged into ditches or stumble into them blindly?
Jesus said, “Check the mirror, first”
- Lord, how am I expressing your God created Rapha image in my life?
- Where am I not?
- How do I offer your cleansing, and forgiveness?
- How do I respond the sick?
- How do I care for the mind, body, and soul you’ve has created for me?
- How do I care for the health of others?
Such probing questions make our contemplation real and practical. We look to God and recognize in him who we are created to be. Then, with him, we look at ourselves. We find his image clear and healthy within us and are humbled and honored to be who we are created to be. We see his image marred within us, and ask him to help us clean the image whose pure expression brings us into fuller, more abundant life.
How do you express our own God-created Rapha image?
This reflective worksheet provides a guide for exploring the images of God given in scripture with your own chosen images. This is a scripture based, contemplative prayer practice.