Great Plains Daily Devotional for 8/22/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Lincoln St Mark's UMC
Blue River District
Lincoln St Mark's UMC
Blue River District
Lincoln St Mark's UMC
Blue River District
Lincoln South Gate UMC
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 13:10-17

Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured and not on the Sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it to water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame, and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things being done by him.

Today's Devotional

Isn't it interesting that the issue with Jesus healing the woman in the scripture isn't the miracle of the healing itself but that it was done on the wrong day, the Sabbath?  

Remembering the sabbath and keeping it holy is something we probably don't do well.  We live busy lives, some with children in activities, some with work lives that require working on weekends or in long continuous stretches. And as a culture, we are often caught up in the busy is the best mentality. 

And the Sabbath isn't a particular day of the week for many people.  Laity may look at Sunday as a Sabbath day, whereas clergy may use Saturday or another day of the week for their rest day.  Depending on your schedule, your sabbath may fall in the middle of the week.  

In the scripture, we have Jesus being condemned by the synagogue's leader for "working" on the Sabbath.  Even if that work was a life-changing miracle.  

How do you set aside time for the Sabbath in your own life?  

If you aren't currently, how could you start the practice of the Sabbath this week?



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