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Pastoral Letter - 31st October, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ the Great Physician.

So far during the month of October, I have spoken about Ministries Month celebrated by the Methodist Church, Financial Literacy Month by St. Kitts - Nevis, International day of Older Persons by the U.N. and Mental Health Month. Today I wish to focus on the healing.

What is healing? According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, to heal is “to make free from injury or disease" or "to make sound or whole". Another definition for healing I came across is ‘the personal experience of the transcendence of suffering.’ Physicians can enhance their abilities as healers by recognizing, diagnosing, minimizing, and relieving suffering, as well as helping patients transcend suffering.’

In the face of so many diseases and so much suffering in the world, there is a great need for healing. However, while there have been great medical advances, there are still many diseases that the modern day physician cannot cure. It is in light of this that I feel constrained to commend to you once again, the greatest physician who ever lived. His name is Jesus Christ and he is the beloved and only begotten Son of God.

During his earthly ministry, Jesus healed numerous persons and caused them to experience transcendence of suffering. These include, the man who was born blind (John 9:1-12). His healing left many amazed. They could not believe it was the same man. But in verse 9 he testified saying, “I am the Man”. Another miracle of healing was the healing of the ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19). They cried out to him for mercy while on his way to Jerusalem. Without even touching them he commanded them to go and show themselves to the priests, which is something usually done after lepers have been healed. But as they went on their way they were healed. How powerful! In Mark chapter 5:1-20, Jesus healed a demon possessed man who lived in the cemetery. No one could bind him anymore not, even with a chain but yet Jesus healed him and clothed him in his right mind. The man went back to his home and to his people proclaiming his healing to everyone. What a testimony!

Finally among many others whom Jesus healed was the woman who had been suffering with hemorrhage or bleeding for twelve years (Mark 5:25-34). She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors. She had spent all that she had. Yet, instead of getting better she grew worse. How was she healed? By simply touching the hem of the garment of the great physician by faith. Why? Because she kept saying, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed” (Mark 5:28). And what was her experience of transcendence of suffering? Verse 29 says, “At once the bleeding stopped,[ar] and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. What is your disease today? Reach out in faith to Jesus the great physician and find healing.

Love and best wishes to your wonderful family, from my family and myself.

Yours in Christ

Tyrone Hunkins, Rev.

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