Over the centuries, layers and layers of interpretation of the events in Scripture have colored our own understanding of the word “savior.” Often, we have, as a result, a single idea of who Christ was and what a savior means. But let us explore the roots of this word a bit more, through its cousins, salve (healing balm) and the Spanish word for health (salud).
The word “savior” is from the same word origins, and one of its meanings is that of healer. This is the day our Healer appeared. Today our Wholeness appeared. This day the Restorer appeared. Today the Firstfruit appeared. Today the seeming separation between the sacred and the ordinary, the holy and the earthly is healed, and its firstfruit is Christ – firstfruit implying that more are to follow.
This message is excerpted from “The Holy and the Ordinary” by Susan Palo Cherwien in the December 2015 Gather magazine. Today is Christmas Day.
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