“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” -Luke 8:39
Our Bible readings for this Sunday point to the ways God frees us from our personal chains.
In our Gospel reading from Luke 8:26-39, we read about a man who has lost his identity to the demons that afflict him. Like the man in the Gospel reading, we too can feel powerless to life’s storms that rage about us. Despite our best efforts, we cannot navigate those dangers without the hand of God to guide and free us.
Music At Worship
Sunday’s readings paint a picture of the terrible power of sin and we sing about the One who breaks this darkness with the liberating light of forgiveness, resurrection, body and blood, and the waters of baptism.
The worship song for this Sunday is a contemporary adaptation to an old Christian hymn. The theme of the song lifts up grace offered by God through Jesus, and the freedom offered to us through forgiveness and restoration of relationships.
For Further Reflection
Our Gospel story from Luke 8:26-39 is a story about identity… and the ways that sin threatens to steal our identity. There are many things that threaten to separate us from the people that we love—often it is our own brokenness. In our Gospel story, these powers that threaten to separate go by the name “Legion.” We too can name the things that afflict us—they may be ‘pride’, ‘shame’, ‘dependency’, self-righteousness’.
What are some of the identities that you carry around? Are they healthy, life-giving identities or are they afflicting identities?
In what way is God calling you into your true identity as a beloved, valued, forgiven child of God?