One recent Sunday we asked ourselves the question that Jesus asked someone he ultimately healed:
Do you want to be healed? Some translations render that question: "Do you want to be made well?" One translation asks: "Would you be made whole?"
The truth we must confess and redress is that we do resist healing. Sometimes we nurse our hurts with one another, like picking at a scab, keeping the wound
open and the pain alive.
Sometimes we settle for the life that our lives have become, and we resist (even refuse) having the life we could have because it would require leaving the one we have behind.
Sometimes we have so much invested in the source of our pain that we can't let go. Like the monkey whose hand is trapped inside a jar because he won't let go of whatever treat captured
his attention, we sometimes miss out on the deliverance, the redemption, or the healing we need (and really do want) because we want something else more.
As I've prayed for you today, that continues to be my prayer for us all.
I'm on vacation. Pray for my family because I'm typing this flat on my back in bed with a kidney stone hoping I don't ruin the trip for my family. Pray for Dad as he prepares to preach on Sunday 7/3).
Pray for Greg Meadows as he prepares to share with us on Campmeeting Sunday
(7/10). In years past we've had Breakfast with the Bishop (Mike Watson), Breakfast with the Boss (DS Sharma Lewis), Breakfast with the BigWig (DS and former staff member Dana Everhart). This year: "Grits with Greg."
Dan has been the Pastor of Salem UMC since June, 2017. He loves preaching, the Atlanta Braves, beach vacations, and precious time with his wife Brenda and their grown sons. Read More . . .