“The Healing of the Nations” is the theme for New City Music’c #MusiCon15. This phrase comes from Revelation 22 in which John describes the new city of God where a river flows from the throne of the Lamb. Along the banks of the river are the trees of life and John tells us that the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.
If you don’t see a need for healing in our communities, our congregations, our families, or your own heart, then you are probably not paying attention. Worship is a time to listen to God’s voice and to be changed in the process. He is present in our worship and He is holy. Like the woman who only needed to touch the hem of His garment, we come into the presence of Jesus in worship, broken and desperate. The wonderful now/not-yet vision of the New City is that the tree of life grows like a weed. The church is the New City where Jesus glory dwells and where the nations stream up to the throne needing this healing.
Here are a few questions that I have for you to consider in preparation for our conference.
- How have you personally experienced physical or emotional healing through worshiping Jesus?
- How has music, whether in worship or not, brought you some form of healing?
- How have you witnessed healing in whole communities through singing together in worship?
- What does healing look like in music? To say it another way, what active steps do you take to experience healing?
I’d love to read your answers to one of more of these questions in the comments.