This morning was a lay service at Bethel Lutheran. During a lay service a member of the congregation will read the sermon. I read the sermon this morning. I chose a sermon based on this morning’s Gospel lesson from sermoncentral.com that was entitled Give Thanks: You are Cleansed and Free by Eloy Gonzalez. Life has really thrown me for a loop this month, but God has taught me a lot despite the heartache. As a result, I felt the need to share a personal note when I read the sermon. Following is the Gospel lesson from today, and the note I shared.

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.””

  • Luke 17:11-19 NIV

 

As most of you already know my grandfather and my boyfriend’s father passed away within a week of each other. I have been meditating on what I knew about these two men, and have come to realize something.

Grampa had Alzheimer’s, but as he became less lucid and more confused, he did it with a dignity and grace that I believe was a sign of God’s presence in his life.

Lisle, my boyfriend’s father, was not a healthy man. Diabetes complicated his health for many years. By the grace of God and the generosity of his sister his family was given an extra fifteen years with him, however life was far from easy for him. If you ever talked to Lisle though, it didn’t really matter the day, he always had words of love, encouragement and kindness for everyone. And Lisle would always be the first to tell you, “God is good”.

Reflecting on the testimonies of these two men, and on the Gospel lesson for this morning, I step back with a lesson. We do not have to wait for healing to be made well.

Grampa and Lisle did not wait for healing to be well, because they knew the truth. The truth that Christ made us well when he died on the cross to save us. Christ makes us well when we accept him as our Saviour.

I pray you have someone in your life with the faith and conviction that both my grandfather and Lisle embodied. I pray that you are that person for someone else. I pray that you turn to Jesus today so that you might be made well.

Now, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

 

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13 thoughts on “Be Made Well

  1. I am saddened for your losses. My grandparents remain the single most influential people in my life thus far, and I well remember the days they died, so I am especially remembering that. However, like these men, my Gram in particular always had an ‘It is well with my soul’ thing happening within her, and it has often brought me comfort. It has also reminded me to reflect on what I’m focusing on. How wise these words are, Jessica. I’m sure this life lesson will bring you comfort in the decades to come.

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  2. God’s presence with us, even in illness, is something to ponder and to be grateful for. I remember those moments during my Mom’s alzheimer’s. You remembered to give thanks, like the man in the story, and that’s beautiful.

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  3. “We do not have to wait for healing to be made well.”

    That quote was used recently by a friend of mine, and fellow disability advocate, to explain her reaction to those well-intentioned strangers who randomly (sadly regularly) approach her and ask to pray for her. Yes, it happens. You’re out minding your own business and some person who sees your visible disability comes up to you and asks if you will let them pray for you. Sometimes they go so far as to touch you and start praying, even as you try your best to run away.

    I do not require physical healing to be made well. My disabled life is not less than, and I do not want my disability to go away. I now use this line whenever I am faced with the situation.

    I am sorry for your losses. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    1. Thank you for this comment! After I shared the idea of not waiting to be healed to be made well I started seeing how it applies to my own life. Having bipolar disorder I’ve always had this awful belief that I will never be healthy of self sufficient. But now I realized that I can be made well despite the bipolar tendencies. Having that diagnosis doesn’t mean I can’t live a fulfilled life.
      Your comment really validated this understanding for me. So thank you again 🙂

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  4. I’m so sorry for the losses. What a week you have been through. This a wonderful and reflective piece, a reminder to always fit faith into plans for self-improvement. I know from experience, it ALWAYS works better when I remember this.

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