BY REV. DORAL PULLEY
“With man this is impossible but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Every month of the year at least one physical ailment, such as breast cancer, glaucoma, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, etc., has national attention, usually with a corresponding color and activities to raise awareness about the prevention, treatment, and cure of the particular disease.
February is “Love Month,” and because love is symbolized by the heart, February was chosen as the month to focus on heart disease, the leading cause of death among Americans, both men and women.
For over twenty years, churches across the country have observed Red Dress Day on the second Sunday in February as a way for churches to educate its parishioners, especially women, about heart disease. Over the years, men have been included in the service, with churches encouraging them to wear red ties, handkerchiefs, or pocket squares. During the service, ministers often take a few minutes to talk about heart disease and most faith communities also have literature available for people to read and take home.
In addition to being aware of heart disease, we of faith must be aware that faith heals: with God all things are possible, and healing is possible for any disease. God does not desire for his children to live in a state of dis-ease (III John 1:2). Many of the physical heart disease symptoms are brought on by our thoughts and feelings. As we ease our hearts and minds from the stress of this world and begin to let go of negativity, we can experience emotional and physical heart healing.
Whatever we focus on, grows and multiplies. Let us expand our consciousness and focus on healing, health, and wholeness. Instead of using our words to emphasize the seeming problem, we can broaden the conversation to talk about the solution, healing.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Unity of Midtown, 511 Prescott St. S, St. Petersburg.