Archive for March, 2015

Mark 1:21-28

March 3, 2015

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Carol Strawn.

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.

They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. Mark 1:21-28

Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Jesus is in the synagogue teaching and a man with an unclean spirit shows up, gets in Jesus’ face, and ends up being healed. He didn’t earn it, didn’t win it, he didn’t even request it. It was Jesus’ authority, power and choice that made it happen. This resonates with me.

One night long ago, I woke up in a panic that there was something important I was supposed to have done. Life and death, soul saving important – whatever it was, it was too late, I had blown it. I tried to reason it through, to make sense of it, but couldn’t think of anything. Finally, a simple thought cut through – the thought that, at least as far as my soul is concerned, fortunately it isn’t up to me, I am saved by Grace.

There is a peace, a freedom that comes from knowing no matter how I mess things up, I cannot blow it to the point of negating what Jesus has done for me. Jesus has the power, the authority and the desire that makes me whole. Thanks be to God!

Let us pray: Gracious Lord, help us to remember that you have the power to set us free. May that confidence open us up to live in joy and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Psalm 30:1-3

March 2, 2015

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Yu Cao.

I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.

O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. Psalm 30:1-3

I started attending church when I thought I hit the lowest point of my life. After being a stay-at-home mom for two years I was so exhausted and felt so lost at that time. I longed for spiritual guidance more than anything else. That’s when I heard Jesus’ stories, God’s rescuing plan, and the promises.

There are still ups and downs in my life afterwards, but I was totally changed. I’m not lost any more. He will always come and draw me up. He will always hear my cry for help. He will always heal me. Eventually, He will bring me to a place overcoming death. How can I not praise him every day?

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for lifting me up and healing me whenever I cry for help! Thank you for your wonderful, never stopping, never giving up, and everlasting love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.