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.”