March 14, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 5. 14-20
The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.

  • The healing of the demoniac is a reminder that your past does not have to define you. The man was afraid that he wouldn’t be accepted back into his community and wanted to leave it with Jesus and his disciples. Jesus encourages him to return instead and share his story. Hearing the accounts of those whose lives have been transformed by the love of Christ can be a powerful and transformative experience for the listeners. I wonder if you have your own story of transformation to tell. Practice telling it by writing it in your journal. Maybe there will be an opportunity for you to share it with someone in the coming days that will help reveal God’s love.
  • The Forty Days of Lenten practice exclude Sundays. Sundays are a day to gather with others to worship, to rest, and to give thanks. We will take a rest from our journaling practice on Sundays. Instead, I hope to see you at Maxwell Street for worship! 
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