God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Proclaim and Heal

Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. 5Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’ 6They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere. Luke 9:1-6
who am I to Jesus
am I a member of the crowd
am I one of the many in the villages
am I one who cause the 12 to dust of their feet
am I a follower
am I a disciple
am I a friend
I can't literally be one of the twelve
but can I be a disciple
can we be disciples

the twelve are sent to proclaim the kingdom
the twelve are sent to heal
we use the word disciple
we use the word to describe
the relationship we want
the relationship we have with Jesus

if we call ourselves disciples
we are sent to proclaim 
we are sent to share the good news
we are sent to proclaim God's kingdom
we are to share God's love
a love that shares God's dream for the poor
a love that sees the poor - fed, clothed, healed
a love that forgives the small and the large
a love that forgives those who we have the biggest grievance with
a love that doesn't judge
a love that dreams of a world of connection and compassion

if we call ourselves disciples
are we sent to heal
to have authority over evil
to cure all diseases
for us what does this mean
how do we bring doctors, nurses, therapists, healers to those we are sent too
how do we make sure that healing is available in all the villages

if we call ourselves disciples
we are sent to proclaim and heal

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