Everything you wanted to know about Christianity
at the Anglican Parish of the Otways
Please join me each week for our reflections
of sermons conducted during our church service.
Plus, occasional splashes of humour and epiphanies!
With much Love and Blessings
Rev. Jenny Brandon
I’M going to begin by sharing a couple of truths with you.
First of all, everyone needs healing. That’s right…everyone. Some of us might have a need for physical healing, but all of us, every single one of us, has a need for spiritual healing. We’re not all physically ill, but we are all sinners.
And this brings up the second truth I’d like to share with you. Each of us, at one time or another, experiences fear.
Now fear can come in many different guises. Like the apostle Thomas, some people will allow doubts and a lack of faith to separate them from the Church at a time when they most need the prayers of the Church. They want reassurances and proof that they aren’t being foolish by believing something that by its very nature can’t be proven.
Of course it’s normal to struggle with doubt and with the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, fears that accompany it. Doubt and fear are normal.
Matthew 21:21 And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘ Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.
It’s by coming together that we can support each other and dispel our fears, the fears that come with illness, fears that accompany watching a loved one go through life threatening illnesses.
This is why it is important that we come together, to celebrate the fact that we are all together in this quest for wholeness and healing. To take advantage of Christ’s healing presence in the Eucharist. To stand together as family in times of distress.
In John 15:7 Jesus tells the disciples if you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. So we need to come to our heavenly father in faith and confidence in his ability to heal and to restore those we love. We need to bring our needs before God confident in God’s loving response to those needs.
The Lord be with you.
About the author
Rev. Jenny is an ordained Priest of the Anglican Diocese delivering services at Anglican Parish of the Otway churches every week.
With great depth of knowledge and a spiritual practice that shows she walks her talk and has taken her to the far reaches of N.T. Australia working with indigenous youth and elders.