Troubled Souls: Take Up Your Mat and Walk
Author: Lydia D’Ross, Brookhaven Hospital, Renewal Program Outreach Chaplain
The word “psychology” is defined by Dr. Neal Goldsmith, as the study of the soul.
Goldsmith said that the word psychology was created to reclaim the true, original meaning of the word psychology–the treatment of the soul, spirit, mind, life and breath of the human development.
As a community outreach chaplain, I have spoken to many pastors and community leaders about the community’s need for restoration and individual healing for the soul. Many are saying that their members are distressed about what they hear and what they are seeing. The complain of feeling anxiety, stress and financial struggles.
There is a true connection between religion, spirituality and mental health. When is our soul in trouble? Even Jesus had to deal with many people with troubled souls. A perfect example was the story in the Gospel of John when a crippled man could not get in the Pool of Bethesda, where people were known to be healed when the waters were rippled by angels once a year. This man was troubled as he sat at the pool waiting every day and never moved. He was troubled man because every time the water rippled, someone else would jump in ahead of him. Who knew how many years he was crippled and waited at the pool of Bethesda. Then Jesus, knowing of his troubles, asked him, “Do you want to be healed?” The man was troubled by his soul and could not see the healer in front of him. When the man finally realized who Jesus was, he said “yes.” Jesus immediately took care of his troubles and said “take up your mat and walk.”
How many of us are facing challenges today and don’t accept the invitation of our savior and take up our mats and move on. We all need someone to help us move forward.
Let us remind ourselves that we have hope in the promises of God’s word. John 14:1 says “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me.
Brookhaven Hospital Renewal Christian Care program is here to serve you, to help you recognize symptoms of behaviors that may be need to be address by professional counseling.