Only Say The Word

By: Rebecca Ruiz, Staff Spotlight

Have you ever had the experience of saying something you’ve said countless times before when you suddenly have a new awareness of what you are saying? Or, perhaps you’ve been reading a passage you’ve read before and upon re-reading it, it suddenly takes on a new meaning?

This happened to me the other day. I was at nine o’clock Mass in a semi-conscious, pre-caffeinated state. It was right before communion and the congregation responded, “Lord, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.”

I’ve prayed this response countless times before but never really heard what I was saying, “Lord, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed.”

Curacin_del_paraltico_Murillo_1670This is quite a request!  We are all in need of healing. Most people go through life seeking countless ways of healing the battle-scars of life…pop psychology, self-help books, counselors, doctors, vitamins, and medicine. All of these may offer effective means of healing and growth. Sometimes though, we leave God out of the equation. Sometimes, we forget that along with the body and mind, the soul needs healing too.

So, when we pray – humbly asking, confident in His goodness – “Lord, only say the word and my soul shall be healed,” we are requesting profound action because when God speaks, His Word makes things happen.

For the word of God is alive and active.” (Heb 4:12)

And while we may struggle to follow through on our words and promises, God’s word actually accomplishes that action which it describes. Permanently.

“It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

So, if God “says the word” we can be assured that it will heal the soul.

When we seek out healing ourselves, it is usually a process, and often a lengthy one. However, God operates in ways that are completely different from our ways. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8). If God “says the word” we can be assured that it will heal the soul, it will be a profound healing, and it can happen over time or it can happen in an instant.

And, all we have to do is ask and trust. There are no complicated formulas. God doesn’t demand perfect faith.

His Word, and all that it will accomplish, is free and available to us – if we simply ask and trust.

Staff Spotlight is — in an ongoing effort to get a range of content on Encourage & Teach — content from staff members within the Diocese of Arlington from contributors who do not write as a part of their day-to-day job.

Rebecca Ruiz holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. from Tufts University. She serves as Development and Communications Manager at Catholic Charities’ Migration and Refugee Services.

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