Healing is the children’s bread

“And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:22-28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

This phrase danced into my heart this morning as I thought of the many friends who are not feeling so “healed” today. They are all believers in Christ, and are weathering their individual storms. But. Friends and relatives are sick. Some dying. Times are challenging. Jobs are few. Social distancing is causing all kinds of feelings. And all of us could accommodate a little healing of some sort.

So I’m sharing the scripture this saying came from. Jesus said it himself. Bread was a staple of every Jewish table in that day. It was a mainstay of every meal. That’s why Jesus proclaims himself to be bread. That’s why bread is mentioned as the thing that can’t solely sustain us. Bread is basic. Bread is universal. And so he says healing is as basic to the being of children – us – as is bread. It’s for us. It’s available. It’s part of our spiritual heritage. It’s one of the elements in our “Grace package.”

So for us who stand in need, and for those we know who stand in need. Even for those we don’t know, but care about..words of healing from the scriptures:

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 30:17

My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

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