New clothes! What excitement, what joy! A new shirt, blouse, sweater, dress, coat, jacket! Whether one chose it at the store, received it as a present or even had it handed down from an older sibling, it does not matter, it is "new"! There is a thrill, a sense of special, an eagerness to wear it, the anticipation of a friend's reaction. It feels as if one is standing on a mountain, dressed in splendor and glory! Life is different now. Life's journey is suddenly easy, level, friendly, safe. New clothes! What excitement, what joy!
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So he went his way, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.” (v. 39b)
Good morning boys and girls,
I love seeing you here today. Are you happy to be here in God's holy house? (children respond) Great! I have a scary, wild story from the bible to share with you. Are you ready to hear it? (children respond)
This week's text concerning the exorcism which set a captive Gerasene demoniac free is the only text appointed from Luke 8 in this year's lectionary readings. David Tiede points out that the material in Luke 8:3„9:50 sets forth the substance of Jesus' ministry in Galilee as Luke tells the story. There is a theme to the stories in Luke 8, and it is the theme of the power of God's word. We touched upon some of this material in Chapter 13 when we discussed the general theme of hearing and doing God's word.