Monday, February 23, 2009

being made whole

"As I listened, the Spirit bore witness of the great miracles of the Atonement and the Savior's power to mend broken hearts, to heal from within. The Savior's parable of the ten lepers took on new meaning.

Luke describes Jesus meeting ten lepers. Upon seeing the Savior, they cried, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.' Jesus responded: 'Go shew yourselves unto the priests.' As they went their way, they were cleansed.

One returned, fell on his face at the Master's feet, and gave thanks. Jesus said, 'Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? And then the Lord said to the one who returned, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole' (see Luke 17:12-19).

In becoming a whole person, the grateful leper was healed inside as well as on the outside. That day nine lepers were healed skin deep, but only one had the faith to be made whole.

The tenth leper ... [was] changed eternally by [his] faith in the Savior and the healing power of his atonement.

- Merrill J. Bateman, "The Power to Heal from Within," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p.13


CaJoh said...

Very well put. I think that so often we mask our healing and put on a good show when in actuality we are still suffering on the inside.

Anonymous said...

big fan of honesty and just being in the moment you are, and I wish more people would just let you be there, you'll get through it faster, but a wonderful post/reminder about our Savior!

on marriage

'Will you, um, marry me?' I haven't seen you in weeks! You don't look happy or excited about the prospect of our marriage! You're asking me to give up my - my freedom, my joie de vivre for an institution that fails as often as it succeeds? And why should I marry you anyway? I mean, why do you wanna marry me? Besides some bourgeois desire to fulfill an ideal that society embeds in us from an early age to promote a consumer capitalist agenda?