Pause

Sit still. Take a deep breath. Listen to these words.

You are beloved.

Let those words reverberate throughout your being. Let them echo in your mind and whisper in your soul. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more or make God love you less.

This is the healing power of Christ Jesus.

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Listen

Naaman’s servants came up to him and spoke to him: “Our father, if the prophet had told you to do something difficult, wouldn’t you have done it? All he said to you was, ‘Wash and become clean.’” So Naaman went down and bathed in the Jordan seven times, just as the man of God had said. His skin was restored like that of a young boy, and he became clean.

2 Kings 5:13-14

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Think

Though his pride is hurt, Naaman realizes he cannot heal himself. No matter how many men he commands in the army or how many chariots he drives, he will never be able to cure his leprosy.

He walks toward the water admitting, not in words but in actions, that his power is not enough and will never be enough. With every step he takes, he acknowledges that his power and authority are not limitless, and even he is need of a healer.

When Naaman bathes in the river water his skin is restored, but the true healing occurred before he ever walked into the water.

God calls each of us to the water, inviting us to be healed, inviting us to be restored.

Kelli Kirksey

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Pray

Dear God, thank you for your patience when we are stubborn. Show me my pride and arrogance. Give me the courage to be a person of humility and strength. Amen.

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Go

You are seen.

You are known.

You are loved to the very depths of your being.

Now go and share that love with the world.

This is the healing power of Christ Jesus in you.

Amen.

Kelli Kirksey

Kelli Kirksey lives in Greenville, SC where she serves as a member and deacon at Augusta Road Baptist Church. She is married to Will Kirksey and has four children.

Piano Sonata No. 8 In C Minor For Piano, Op. 13

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