Great Plains Daily Devotional for 6/20/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Leoti UMC
Dodge City District
Liberal First UMC
Dodge City District
Liberal: Rosa de Saron
Dodge City District
Meade UMC
Dodge City District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 8:26-39

Then they arrived at the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on shore, a man from the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had not worn any clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him, shouting, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me,” for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding, and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd stampeded down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.

When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they became frightened. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then the whole throng of people of the surrounding region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.

Today's Devotional

Casting demons out of a person and into a herd of swine?  A herd of swine that then went and drowned themselves?

Boy was Jesus unpredictable.  Do you think the disciples were kept on their toes wondering what in the world would happen next?

And how relieved must have the man who had a legion, an entire legion of demons cast out of him been?  And how long had he been under that torment?

If Jesus came to you today what would you want or need cast out of you and into a swine?  Is it self-doubt, depression, anxiety, or something else entirely?

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