Peace comes from the healing of our souls.
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A number of people have made their way to the Pikes Peak region hoping for better health. Such was the case for Jerome and Harriet Wheeler. The couple settle in the Manitou Springs area in 1883 because of Harriet’s health.
Jerome Wheeler had been president and half owner of Macy’s in New York, but he came to Manitou hoping Harriet’s health would improve. People believed that the mineral springs possessed healing properties. In fact, they bottled some of the the water from the natural artesian mineral wells and sold it for this purpose.
All human creatures need healing. Many of us disagree on how we’re healed or even if we can be healed. Though we might desire physical healing, it is our souls that need restoration.
Christians claim that Christ Jesus is our healer. And through his healing, borne in death, we’re declared whole.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1 English Standard Version
The healing that Christ brings is healing that declares us whole and gives us peace. Does this mean that we’ll always feel this peace and wholeness? No. We still struggle with sin that separates us from God and from one another. There is both a now and not yet to God’s healing in Christ. But the fact remains: Christ Jesus has become our peace. We are healed whether we feel it or not.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner