#LukeActs2014: Hold On (Luke 8:40-48)

woman with vielThis is the third time I’ve returned to write about the woman with the issue of blood. I so admire her perseverance and courage. This amazing woman, who remains hopeful after so many years of chronic pain, loneliness, and disappointment. Her condition labels her unclean, separating her from the worshiping community and table fellowship. Her condition robs her of time, companionship, energy and money. It would have been easy for her to simply give up due to the exhaustion and letdowns of daily living. Yet she does not lose faith. She continues to reach out for healing. – Lisa <><

Luke 8:40-48 NIV
Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Hold On, by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
For twelve long years she had suffered
The life leaking from her body
Doctor after doctor
Disappointment after disappointment
Draining her emotions, her energy
and her bank account
The friends were few
The touches even fewer
For she and all she touched were named unclean

Yet she held on to hope
She held on for so long
How, in the midst of all the misery could she cling to it?
I wonder if I could
I wonder

Her faith
Her hope
Grow me to be like her, Jesus
Feel me reaching for healing, too
Send out your power again
So I too may be whole
And at peace
Send it out for all of us, Jesus

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Hold On © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are very welcome to use this in a worship or group setting with proper attribution.

A Double Healing: The Dead Girl and the Bleeding Woman
Luke 8:40-56 (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43)
Quotes and Worship Resource: The Healing Along the Way
Devotion: Reaching for Healing

Reading for the week of February 23: Luke 8
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Photo Quotes: Luke 8

Luke 08 24Luke 08 48bLuke 08 50Reading for the week of February 23: Luke 8
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I decided to pick a few verses from this week’s reading to memorize. Some of my artist friends illustrate verses in various mediums as part of their devotional time, so I thought I’d give that a try, too. I used PicMonkey, a free, online picture editor, and really enjoyed the process.

#LukeActs2014: Luke 8

LukeActs logo week 8Reading for the week of February 23: Luke 8
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Consider reading the chapter in several translations and choosing a few verses to memorize. I chose:
Luke 8:24 NRSV
They went to Jesus and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.

Luke 8:48 NRSV
Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

Luke 8:50 NRSV
When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.”

Main events of this chapter (with links to previous posts):
The Women Who Follow Jesus
Luke 8:1-3

The Parable of the Sower and the Soils
Luke 8:4-15 (Matthew 13:2-23; Mark 4:1-20)
Reader’s Theater: Parable of the Soils/Sower

The Lamp on the Stand
Luke 8:16-18
Quotes:Reflecting God’s Light

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
Luke 8:19-21 (Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35)

Jesus Calms the Storm
Luke 8:22-25 (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:36-41)
Quotes: Jesus, Calm the Storm
Photo Quote: Calm the Storm
Worship Resource: Stand by Me

The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man
Luke 8:26-39 (Matthew 8:28-39, Mark 5:1-20)
Reflection: Into the Wilderness

A Double Healing: The Dead Girl and the Bleeding Woman
Luke 8:40-56 (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43)
Quotes and Worship Resource: The Healing Along the Way
Devotion: Reaching for Healing

Photo Quotes: Luke 7

Luke 07 13Luke 07 16Luke 07 47Luke 07 50Reading for the week of February 16: Luke 7
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I decided to pick a few verses from this week’s reading to memorize. Some of my artist friends illustrate verses in various mediums as part of their devotional time, so I thought I’d give that a try, too. I used PicMonkey, a free, online picture editor, and really enjoyed the process.

#LukeActs2014: Luke 7

lukeacts 02-16 logoReading for the week of February 16: Luke 7
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Consider reading the chapter in several translations and choosing a few verses to memorize. I chose:
Luke 7:13 NIV
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Luke 7:16 NIV
They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

Luke 7:47 NRSV
Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

Luke 7:50 NIV
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Main events of this chapter (with links to previous posts):
Jesus Heals the Centurion’s Servant
Luke 7:1-10 (Matthew 8:5-13)
Devotion and Prayer: Just Say the Word

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
Luke 7:11-17
Prayer: The Widow Meets the Lord of Compassion
Quotes: Compassion

Jesus and John the Baptist
Luke 7:18-35 (Matthew 11:2-19)

Jesus and the Woman with the Jar of Perfume
Luke 7:36-50 (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-11; John 12:1-11)
Devotion: Worship Fully
Poem: Pour Forth
Devotion: Mary and Judas
Quotes: What is Peace?

#LukeActs2014: Complete Healing (Luke 6:17-19; 35-38a)

unity wholenessLuke 6:17-19 NRSV
Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

God in Jesus comes down from the grandeur and wonder of divine holiness to be with us. Plain old us. In our wisdom and desperation we draw near to hear him, to be healed of our diseases, to be cured of all that troubles our soiled souls, our eroded emotions. A complete healing of mind, body, and spirit is offered. Oh, how I need it.

Remember. Re-member. Salvation = wholeness.
What will it look like?

Luke 6:35-38a NRSV
Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.

Come Power. Come Healing. Come in the communion.
Come for my good, for the common good. Come unity.

Our bodies reveal our diseases.
Our words, actions and attitudes reveal our dis-ease with one another.
It takes a powerful act of God

  • to love our enemies rather than labeling them, oppressing them or destroying them
  • to break the consumerist cycle of doing good only if there is payback or reward
  • to realize judging, condemning and lack of forgiveness are only mechanisms for justifying staying separate from persons who are different from us. It’s a lie to think we’re protecting ourselves or our “purity”. We’re hurting ourselves. Separateness from others separates us from God. (Consider the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Luke 18:9-14)

What does the healing look like?
What will I look like? We look like?
Merciful. Loving. Generous.
Christian- Christ-followers, little Christs.
Whole by the grace of God.

Jesus alone brings power for complete healing. Every moment of healing, mercy and overcoming is just a foretaste of the ultimate saving work of God- wholeness for all people, for all creation, for all relationships for all time. (Revelation 21)

Let your kingdom come.

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Complete Healing © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Reading for the week of February 9: Luke 6
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Photo Quote: God's Voice vs Satan's Voice

gods voice satans voice 2John 10:1-5 NRSV
Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

This piece was created using PicMonkey, a free, online picture editor. It’s super easy to use and has lots of great fonts, filters and other editing goodies. Someone with limited artistic abilities (like me) can feel very accomplished very quickly. – Lisa <><

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