Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Today is my second of three days off in a row. I find myself feeling physically lazy but mentally contemplative today. I am skipping my step-ups today and will do them tomorrow, then have a no exercise day on Thursday when I change my urostomy bag. We shall see about guitar practice. For right now, I just want my Quiet Time.
I read a couple postings by Beauty Beyond Bones on Sunday night. She seems like an interestingly thoughtful gal.. She definitely writes more creatively and expressively than I do.
I watched several episodes of Better Than Us on Netflix yesterday. To me it’s slow moving but interesting. What would I do if a “super-bot” like Arisa were to suddenly incorporate herself int my family and my life. This has also prompted me to think about my life and where I stand; my place in this world. I am finding an ever-narrowing group of sources for information that I can trust anymore; I believe this is really rather sad. The free exchange of different ideas has mostly become a hateful, angry morass. I am almost to the point where I might stop commenting or sharing my opinions on social media concerning most things and only put there here in this blog. I don’t truly know exactly what I am going to do.
Read Luke 4:16-22.
The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.
Is this not what Almighty GOD has called every one of us to do? Each in our own unique way, according to our own unique giftings and talents? I believe there is much more here than just reading this Scripture seems to suggest.
To preach the Gospel, the Good News of Almighty GOD and His Holy Kingdom to the poor. This means to boldly proclaim. Poor in finance? Poor in provisions? Poor in mental ability? Poor in morality? Poor in wisdom, knowledge, and understanding?
To heal the brokenhearted. There are so many brokenhearted people among us, maybe even all of us in some way.
To preach deliverance to the captives. Again, to boldly proclaim. People can be captives to debt, to indoctrination and false teaching, to oppression by family members, neighbors, religious leaders, school systems, media, governments, spiritual entities, and the list goes on…
Recovering of sight to the blind. Healing those who cannot physically see. This also applies to those who can no longer see truth, but are blinded to it because their thinking and reasoning has been taken captive and destroyed.
To set at liberty them that are bruised. Bruises are internal injuries caused by an outward force or by internal bleeding. Whether the force is attacking them or they are bound and struggling against chains and restraints, or have some internal battle going on that cannot be seen by others; not only of the body, but also of the soul and of the spirit.
To preach the acceptable year of the LORD. To proclaim today is the day of salvation, each day, every day.
And all bare Him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.
Do people bare witness of us, of me, and wonder at the gracious words that proceed out of our (out of my) mouths?
Then the listeners, at least some of them, got offended and asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” You know, he’s just the son of a local carpenter, nobody special. Apparently Joseph was held in a high enough regard in Nazareth that they all knew him or at least of him.
Holy Scripture does not record what the gracious words were that proceeded from LORD Jesus in this instance. I never really noticed this before. What were those gracious Words?
I wonder, how often will Almighty GOD give me gracious Words to speak and write that will make people wonder? And then, how often will people become offended because I am a nobody, just an employee at a local Family Express convenience store with no college degree or seminary training? Will I be gracious and walk in love toward them? This is the kind of thing that causes me to search my soul before Almighty GOD.