I have found it written many times in the Gospels that when people came to Jesus requesting healing for themselves or their sick loved ones or servants, Jesus always healed them.
They came to him believing that he could heal them; which seems to be the common thread and a factor of great importance. A Roman centurion had such a great faith that he said “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8: 8) And Jesus replied “As you have believed, let it be done for you.” (Matthew 8: 13)
I believe that even today Jesus heals the sick this way. If you are sick, you could read in the Gospels stories of Jesus healing and ask that it be done for you the same way, that you believe Jesus can heal you without ever ‘walking over to your house’.
He also asked many of them not to tell anyone what he had done for them. I understand this as requiring a certain humility of those who believe.
I am reading a book called Rediscover Jesus. It is by Matthew Kelly and it is a very helpful book. I found it in the Little Free Library in my neighborhood, missing the first 30 pages but wonderful anyway. It showed up there just exactly when I needed it, exactly when I was yearning to connect with my deep faith remembered from my childhood again and wishing for a teacher in that.
On the way down the street driving to the airport I began to regret leaving it in my room and mentioned that to my Dad who was driving the car. He asked if I wanted to go back to get it. He turned the car around and I am so glad we went back, because the book helped me have faith through my flight and let go of the awful stress I generally feel about flying. I took the trip one moment at a time and trusted both in God and that I had prepared well for it.
That trip was so blessed and is the easiest transatlantic flight I have ever taken.
Anyway, I have begun doing the ‘prayer process’ outlined in the book. It is short and simple and yet so powerful. Each day I noticed that my interactions with others have improved and I am receiving a measure of grace with which to deal with life.
I believe there are two camps when it comes to cleaning and clearing.
There’s the “I’m only going to clean for 15 minutes” idea which works for some, as it focuses the attention and releases one from attachment to the result or expectation of perfection.
And there is the “I will put away (or get rid of) 10 things” camp which works best for me, because it provides the same blessings mentioned above as well as a simple and definite goal. I don’t have to break my neck trying to vacuum the whole house in 15 minutes or ‘have the place spotless’ by the end of my cleaning. I have the satisfaction of knowing I removed 10 things that had been standing in the way (and it doesn’t matter which ten) and am 10 new open spaces closer to my goal of cleanliness.
Serenity can be attained regardless of your surroundings, as it is entirely reliant upon one’s attitude and willingness to be happy.