In Luke 8, Jesus visits the country of the Gerasebes where a man bedeviled by demons meets Jesus and wonders what he has to do with him but begs that he not be tormented more. Jesus commands the unclean spirit to come out of the man named Legion. Then the demons plead with Jesus not to return them to the abyss. Jesus shows mercy by letting the demons enter a nearby swine herd. As the demons entered the swine, the herd rushed down a bank of the lake and drowned.
Some who witnessed Jesus’ work were seized with confusion and fear. The swine herders told people in the city what had occurred. As people came from the city to see what happened, they found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind. Though the man begged to go with Jesus when he returned to Galilee, he was told to return to his home and declare how much God has done for him.
We likewise ask what Jesus has to do with us. We need to thank God for unanswered prayers, complaints about situations may not be great but they are burdens to those experiencing them. All believers should thank God for the many blessings he does: such as rain, whether a sprinkle or inches; for a job, whether enjoyable or difficult; and for kindness rendered; whether this may cause hurt, anger or hatred.
Many of the positions we are called or given to fill along life’s road, we need to recognize God’s plan for us. Times arise when we would rather that people not know what we do, we would like God to answer what he wants of us and what he expects us to do. Whether we find the labors rough or good, we are in God’s hand to serve, reconcile and accept the essence of being a Christian by our actions.
Our savior is merciful and forgives all sins. He promises we will be with Him always. Has God changed your life? Have you told others how much God has done for you? While a sunset brings darkness and worrisome fear, the sunrise brings the chance to see daylight as a new start.
Good Shepherd Lutheran welcomes all who seek a place to worship. Whether you attend the Contemporary Service at 8:30 a.m., the Adult Sunday School at 9:45 a.m. or the Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m. Pastor Wally and the congregation encourage your attendance.