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June 15, 2020 - Being a puppet

Grace is the power by which healing occurs. In every aspect of His mortal and postmortal ministry, Christ went about healing all manner of afflictions. His part is to be our atoning Savior, and our part is to be courageous enough to act. He then provides the grace and healing. However, sometimes we may not appreciate the manifestations of His grace because healing blessings do not always come in the form we ask. Sometimes His grace is made manifest by letting us sit and struggle with an issue. Again, our Heavenly Father and Savior are more interested in our growth and progression than in our comfort and convenience. Moments of struggle often bring the greatest growth.

Jonathan G. Sandberg, "Healing = Courage + Action + Grace", BYU Speeches, January 21, 2014

It's interesting the formula he gives for healing. Courage + Action + Grace. We need to have courage, which doesn't mean fearless. Courage is in the face of of fear, not without it. Then we need to act, not be acted upon. When we sin, we are being acted upon. Despite us providing the action, we're being a puppet. When we have courage and then act, Christ then provides the grace, and subsequently, the healing. .

When I think of healing, I immediately think of physical relief. But there are many ways we all need healing. Sometimes, many times, we, at least I, need physical, mental and spiritual healing altogether

At times, we get frustrated. Because we expect to be healed a certain way but it doesn't happen that way, especially after we work so hard and ate being so courageous. So, we end up thinking that Heavenly Father isn't listening, or worse, doesn't care.

Many times, God IS providing the healing to us in those instances. But maybe we're looking for physical healing and He is healing us spiritually. Or, maybe we need to be healed spiritually, but He knows we need mental healing first. Heavenly Father knows what we need, when we need it, and how. Even if that means waiting.

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