My favorite book on healing ministry, Healing in the Landscape of Prayer
by Avery Brooke, stresses how important it is that people providing healing ministry understand that they are simply a conduit for God's action, not trying to do something by their own power or knowledge. It struck me today that it goes the other way as well. The person providing healing ministry also provides a conduit by which God sees the suffering of the person seeking healing (or at least by which I experience that God sees my pain). I know I need to experience from a person first the deep caring I didn't get in my childhood before I can take in that God gives me that.