#LukeActs2014: Demons Where God's Word Dwells (Luke 4:31-37)

GargoyleDemons Where God’s Word Dwells
by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
based on Luke 4:31-37

Luke 4:31 NRSV
In the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon…

The realization is unsettling
Demons where God’s Word dwells
Sanctuary no longer safe
The holy place corrupted
Infiltrated by evil

Look again
The demon is not at large and in charge

The impure spirit makes its home in a person
The person makes his way to the place of safety

The holy place welcomes the one in need
Perfection is not required for entry
Since grace is not corrupted by even our deepest need

No need to hide our needs
Let it out! Let it shout!
Recognize and be recognized in the Holy One of God

Evil would have him/Him flee
Jesus will not leave
Jesus is not intimidated
Or disgusted
By our demons

His power, His authority take aim
He orders the evil gone
The evil leaves, but not without a fight

He orders our chaos
Brings out the quiet
The peace be still

Healing and Hope have come to us
With us
In us
Spread the news

Demons Where God’s Word Dwells © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Reading for the week of January 26: Luke 4
Click Here for more information on the #LukeActs2014 Reading Plan

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