Today’s reading from Hebrews Chapter 12 speaks of strengthening and healing. “So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.” As physical therapists, our daily work involves helping our patients address their physical strength. We work to improve posture, flexibility, and balance, retrain someone to walk after a stroke or amputation, helping people decrease their pain and improve function. While our work involves a variety of medical problems, we find ourselves focused on physical strengthening and healing of the body.
While the reading speaks of the need for physical strength and healing, we also know that God wants us to seek spiritual strengthening and healing as well. When we are in need of healing for the body we may turn to a doctor, nurse, or therapist but where do we turn when our spirit is in need?
This past fall, I had the opportunity to join the MOMS (Ministry Of Mothers Sharing) group at St. Mary. While I was not sure exactly what I was signing up for, I knew that finding time for myself and God was a priority I had yet to make in my life. It was over the past year and with a group of ladies that I have come to call friends, that I was able to find time to focus on strengthening the spirit.
The group brought together women from our parish who set aside time in each of our hectic schedules to focus on our faith. We spent time working together on a journal and having discussions as a group. We took a spiritual gifts inventory to look at the gifts that we have been given and how we could use them to serve our church, families, and community. It didn’t come as a huge surprise to me that my greatest spiritual gift was that of service. The desire to help others is what led me to become a physical therapist. However, taking the survey also helped me to see the ways that I could use my spiritual gifts to serve my church.
This past year has helped me to take time to focus on strengthening my spiritual life. There are many ways we can seek spiritual strength and healing within our church. It may be through Mass, Generations of Faith, the sacraments, or a small group like MOMS. I have always found it easier to focus on physical strength because it is something visible. Now I am learning to focus on strengthening the spirit as well.