Sickness and Deep Justice

Kara Powell | Jan 5, 2010

All three of my kidsand I for that matterwere sick in December. When my kids were sick, I both prayed for them, and got them the blankets, 7-up, and crackers that would make them feel better. I tried to help them spiritually, as well as in other ways.

That reminds me of justice. When we see others who have needs, should we choose between prayer OR helping them in tangible ways? No, we ideally do both.

One of my favorite quotes about justice is from Nicholas Wolterstorff from Yale who writes, The state of shalom is the state of flourishing in all dimensions of ones existence: in ones relation to God, in ones relation to ones fellow human beings, in ones relation to nature, and in ones relation to oneself. Evidently justice has something to do with the fact that Gods love for each and every one of Gods human creatures takes the form of God desiring the shalom of each and every one.

Note that its a holistic flourishing, not either a spiritual OR a physical/emotional/social flourishing.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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