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If Love Could Heal
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The doctors said there wasn’t any medicine they could prescribe that would heal him. The surgeons said they couldn’t operate and heal him. Hours of internet research…specialists…calls to a renowned surgeon…the answers were all the same.

I stood in my parent’s kitchen with our mom. The truth of the news was almost too much for her to bear. Her son was only 52. How could modern medicine fail to help him? Wasn’t there someplace else we could take him? Couldn’t we get yet another opinion? That’s when she longingly said to me, “If love could heal him, he’d be better now….”

It’s true. My brother experienced an overwhelming outpouring of love when he was diagnosed with inoperable, incurable cancer. Our family, which had always been close, cherished him even more.Cards filled his mailbox. Friends from days-gone-by began to call and email. Neighbors brought food. People in churches across the country prayed both publicly and privately. His local church paid the monthly house payments. One couple even offered to pay his son’s entire college tuition. Yes, my brother was loved. And mom was right: if love could heal him, he’d be better now. But it couldn’t. And it didn’t. And he died.

God Said No

Yet I’m reminded again today, and it brings a smile to my face, that his story isn’t over. It’s on pause. A day will come when love will heal him—and permanently! We certainly prayed for God’s healing the first time around. And for reasons we don’t today understand, God said no—but only no for now. I believe with everything in me the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:16: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.”

The resurrection of the dead is, in fact, an act of love from God. In the end it will be God’s love that heals. John 3:16 says that because God’s loves us, He gave His Son so that we could live forever. I like the way the Message Bible says it: “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.” I can’t wait to see my brother whole again! And have it be lasting—everlasting.

Perhaps you’re longing for someone you love to be healed. Maybe you feel like Mom did—that if love could heal, you and others have enough love to make it happen. I hope that when you pray, that someone does experience healing here and now. But if not, there’s enough love in the heart of God to raise your loved one, my brother, and all those who have died in Him since the world began.

Love can heal, after all.

And love will heal.

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