Healed, Whole, Holy

“It is no coincidence that the root word of whole, health, heal, holy, is hale (as in hale and hearty).  If we are healed, we become whole, we are hale and hearty, we are holy.

The marvelous thing is that this holiness is nothing we can earn.  We don’t become holy by acquiring merit badges and Brownie points.  It has nothing to do with virtue or job descriptions or morality.  It is nothing we can do, in this do-it-yourself world.  It is gift, sheer gift, waiting there to be recognized and received.  We do not have to be qualified to be holy.  We do not have to be qualified to be whole, or healed.”

                                    ~  Madeleine L’Engle

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“Wounds.  By his wounds we are healed.  But they are our wounds, too, and until we have been healed we do not know what wholeness is.  The discipline of creation, be it to paint, compose, write, is an effort toward wholeness.”
                                     ~ Madeleine L’Engle


3 thoughts on “Healed, Whole, Holy

  1. I really like the last paragraph. I feel it every time I write in my journal, that compelling desire to put it all out on paper and heal myself just that little bit more each time. Thank you for finding these words of L’Engle’s that say it so succinctly.

  2. Tozer talks a lot about the relationship between health and holiness.  Your post is a good reminder.  And I liked the quote by L’Engle.  She really thought quite deeply about the human act of creation, and articulated it so well.

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