Immanuel Lutheran Church


3000 West Main Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(269) 345-8090

Missouri Synod

A Healing Service: What is Health?

April 5, 2017

What is health? 


The World Health Organization defines health as “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease.”


What does it mean to have complete physical, mental and social wellbeing?  The physical wellbeing may include:

  • regular exercise most days of the week;

  • a diet low in fat, high in vegetables/fruits and whole grains

  • adequate sleep of 6-8 hours.

Mental wellbeing may include self-care activities such as:

  • journaling;

  • meditation;

  • the current popular activity of coloring.

Social wellbeing refers to the establishment and ability to maintain personal relationships with:

  • God;

  • family;

  • friends.


What is wholeness? defines wholeness as the state of being whole; complete; entire; intact. What if there is illness?  Is wholeness impossible? 

Healing is defined by as curing or curative; growing sound, getting well, mending or the process of regaining health. Faith Community Nursing (Parish Nursing) Scope and Standards of Practice (2205) defines healing as the “process of integrating the body, mind and spirit to create wholeness, health and a sense of well-being, even when the patient’s illness is not cured.”                       

Please join us on Sunday 30 April 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  During the evening service, we will have a time of prayer and laying on of hands for those who desire wholeness for themselves, others or the world.

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