From a Creighton Student's Perspective
February 20, 2012
Sophomore, Economics and Marketing Double Major
This was the introduction, by a friend, to a conversation I was not expecting. My friend had been assaulted by her significant other and was having a difficult time returning to a feeling of self-worth. After several months she believed that the situation was so horrible that nobody could ever love her again, nor could anybody see beyond this catastrophe and find the incredible person who once shined through. She was also struggling with self-identity because another person had stripped one of her most valuable possessions from her. She had truly been violated and was struggling to find good in the world; she was without hope and without faith.
Jesus talks about faith in Mark 9:23 when he says, “Everything is possible to one who has faith.” After this statement, Jesus proceeds to cure the boy of the convulsions that had been with him since his childhood. Jesus did not say that some things are possible with faith; rather he said that all things are possible for those who have faith.
Many have said that people are not cured as readily today as they were in Jesus’ time, but in reality an aspect that has changed is the way in which people are healed. With good confidence I can say that faith still possesses the ability to heal. The friend that I wrote about in the beginning of this reflection is the greatest example of healing by faith that I have seen. She began to understand that she was not to be blamed for the sexual assault, but instead focused on faith. This faith led her through a healing process that has caused her to develop into a new person. She now has a successful, loving, long-standing relationship and she is able to live her life without fear of the horrible experience from her past. This story is one of the many ways that faith in God has saved a 21st-century Christian. It is a challenging but important realization that trusting in Jesus can heal every aspect of an individual. Jesus has called us to have faith since the days he walked on Earth, and continues to do so today.
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