Mark 1: 21-28
verses 25-26: “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The evil spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek.
How do we think about evil spirits today? I have a friend who talks about spiritual warfare and I never know how to engage in that conversation. It is particularly difficult for me as a psychiatrist. We are constantly bombarded with new discoveries about the origins and chemistry of mental illness. Interestingly, it has been a field of medicine which has somewhat lagged behind others in terms of treatments and “cures.” But I am convinced of God’s ability and power to heal ANY ailment. Was this spirit a mental illness, or was it a spirit from Satan? Our science will not answer this question, but I can continue to pray for healing for all of the people I am trying to help.
Holy Father, Thank you for allowing me to serve you by helping your people with their mental health. Please be with me each day and renew me with a clean, patient and kind heart. I ask for your healing hand to be there with mine, every day. Amen
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