Monday, April 16, 2012

All It Takes Is One

"They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, 'Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.' And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed."

--Mark 5: 15-20 (NRSV)

It is a great relief to finally come to the end of a time of illness or disease or other struggle. Sometimes we wait for years for that day, like the man who called himself 'Legion' because he was bound by a legion of demons. No longer suffering and alone, it's understandable that he wanted to go with Jesus who had set him free and gave him a new life! We read, however, in this account, that his healing was not for the purpose of taking him out of his everyday life, family or community – but it was a demonstration of God's presence and power that he was to share.

The healed become the transformers
It can be a challenge to go back into a community that has only known you as sick, disabled, drunk, crazy, different, or otherwise having something “wrong with you.” When we experience a miraculous change, some will celebrate with us, but surprisingly, others will either deny our new reality or be angry about it. To go back into the same unhealed setting requires that the healed one become a teacher who assists the community to understand and embrace the awesome movement of God.

God’s kingdom is built one helping hand at a time
As in an alcoholic or other addictive family, one person’s recovery can begin the healing process for the whole family. The same can be true in the work and ministry of the Church. All it takes is one person with a vision for mission, for ministry, for reconciliation or transformation. The love, diligence, enthusiasm of one can transform the whole body. Sometimes like the man who used to be bound by a legion of demons, our task is to be present, tell our story, share our faith and healing. The beloved kingdom of God is built one person, one conversation, one prayer, one helping hand at a time.

Is there a story of God’s healing you have to tell today?

--Bishop Linda Lee, WI Ann Conf

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Miss Lladale Carey
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