Cure separates body from soul;
Healing embraces the whole.
Cure combats illness;
Healing fosters wellness.
Cure fosters function;
Healing fosters purpose.
Cure encounters mystery as a challenge for understanding;
Healing encounters mystery as a channel for meaning.
Cure rejects death and views it as a defeat;
Healing includes death among the blessed outcomes of care.
Cure seeks to conquer pain;
Healing seeks to transcend pain.
Cure acts upon another;
Healing shares with a sister, a brother.
Frederick W. Recklau
Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Evanston, Illinois