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."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Stretch Out Your Hand

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ 4Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. Mark 3:1-6
Joseph Novak,The Healing Hands, flickr
stretch out your hands
its the Sabbath Day
Jesus is heading to church
he has spent the day being challenged
first he was questioned about not being religious enough
your followers don't fast
 this is when you should fast
why don't you
then why is he working on the Sabbath
why can they pick grain
we are supposed to resting
we are supposed to give the day to God

stretch out your hand
he entered the church
he saw the man with the withered hand
he knew this was a test
he knew they wanted him to fail
he knew he couldn't win no matter what he did
they were waiting to judge him
accuse him
remove his influence, his power

stretch out your hand
Jesus invited the man with the withered hand to come to him
as you read the story you wonder if Jesus saw him
for he doesn't speak to the man, he speaks to the accusers
is it lawful to do harm or do good
is it lawful to save a life or kill
isn't this the question we ask today
should we live doing good or should we allow our actions to cause harm
should we save lives or kill
if healing cost too much - is that harm, does  it prevent the saving of a life
how do we know what is harm, what may save a life

stretch out your hand
when challenged, they were silent
when faced with the saving of a life, they were silent
when invited to do good, they were silent
when challenged about their proposals they hid, they were silent, they stayed away

stretch out you hand
Jesus was angry
he looked at them and was angry
he grieved at their hard hearts

stretch out your hand
Jesus did good anyway
Jesus chose to save a life
the man with the withered hand stretch out his hand
he was healed

stretch out your hand
they couldn't do it
they left and conspired
they left and plotted destruction
they chose harm
they were willing to kill

stretch out your hand
what will you choose
will you do good
will you save a life
will you speak
will you stretch out your hand

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