Prayer: May our faith make us well through salvation. Amen
Reading: Mark 5:21-43 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
I visit a 100 year old friend who just moved into a health care/retirement home one month before her 100th birthday. Prior to that she was only ever in the hospital once, at age 96, for a broken hip. (Her 3 children were born at home.) She has never taken any prescription medication.
She scolded me…told me to “slow down” and stop being so busy!
God gave Jesus the power to heal. Does He offer us the same power to heal ourselves?
This is a complex question. Are we too active? Or not active enough? Are we paranoid and apprehensive? Or are we too careless in our self-care? Do we overmedicate? Do our habits, at least some of them, harm us?
If we put our faith in God, will He strengthen and heal us? Your faith has made you well. (Mark 5: 34) In the orginal Greek, the word translated here as "has made you well" expresses the idea of "has saved you" (from your disease). The concept of health, wholeness and salvation are closely related in the Bible.
Everyone is diferent in wellness but we all, through faith, have the same salvation.
-- Alice Yeakel
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