Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Daily reading: Acts 3:1-10
Tuesday April 12, 2016
Focus passage: Then he grasped the man’s right hand and raised him up. At once his feet and ankles became strong. Jumping up, he began to walk around. He entered the temple with them, walking, leaping, and praising God. Acts 3:7-8
We can look at this passage literally, but I would caution against it. There is difficulty with the passage and it presents a sort of “elephant in the room” situation, where we wonder about healing and how that happens.
I have had a family member banned from a religious community because of his illness. He was told that if he had prayed enough and was faithful enough then he wouldn’t be ill. Unfortunately, that faith community took what was already a very hard situation and turned it into a more difficult situation.
What it boils down to is this, how as a community do we speak resurrection even when we feel so out of control? In the face of cancer or other illness that threaten to restrict us and take our life, how do we live the message of resurrection?
While Jesus healed some people, he did not heal everyone. While he calmed the storm in Galilee, he didn’t calm every storm. While he fed 1,000s, he didn’t feed everyone. The kingdom of God is not fully here and so we live in a world where people get sick and die, it is not a reflection of our level of faithfulness or lack of thereof.
Prayer: God, help me to see those on the margins and welcome them in. God, for those times when I am placed on the margins, give me the strength to claim my space within the community that has placed me outside, may I exhibit grace and love for those who do not see me. Amen.
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