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1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (Malachi 4:2)
I love that phrase "Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings". We all need some sort of healing. Maybe it is physical, but it is just as likely to be emotional, spiritual, mental, or social. Perhaps we need to be forgiven, or perhaps we need to forgive others and discard bitterness and grudges.
Our pasts shape us. Now that we are all grown up (at least in theory!), we can discard the baggage that has negative consequences on who we are now. I believe we need the Lord's help to do this. He can show us what we need to be rid of, what we need to be healed from. And then, as we exercise our faith in Him, He can heal us. Some things may be more of a struggle than others, but with faith and persistance in prayer and fasting and studying the scriptures; with calling upon the Priesthood for blessings as needed; with doing all we can ourselves, even as we call upon the Lord, we can be healed.
The healing may not be what we expected. We may be healed by becoming stronger so that we can bear our infirmities. We may be healed by a change in our own attitudes or viewpoints. Whatever the case, we are sure to learn and grow through this process of allowing the Lord to heal us. Perhaps the healing will take the form of that very "allowing"--of no longer holding back parts of us, heart and soul, from the Lord. Perhaps we will be healed of fears that keep us from taking steps we need to take, of living the life we need to live.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
"With his stripes we are healed." He took everything upon Himself for all of us and that includes healing power.
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, (Luke 4:18)
Wow! Jesus Christ was anointed to do all of that for all of us. I hardly know where to begin in expressing my gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But one way we can express our gratitude is to let Him heal us.
Allowing this healing to take place is a lifelong process because as old things are healed, new things are discovered that need healing. But as we begin to feel whole, we will not begrudge the effort to continue.
I think that I do not fully realize all that God has done and continues to do for us. I think that I do not fully understand all of the meanings in His scriptures and in doctrines and teachings. I do not believe that we have to realize and understand everything in order to progress in what we do have a grasp of. We move forward a step at a time and, as we do so, we progress rather than regress.
May we all progress in the gospel.
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