January 31 Edevotional

“Suddenly, there in the synagogue, a person with an evil spirit screamed, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are. You are the holy one from God.” “Silence!” Jesus said, speaking harshly to the demon. “Come out of him!” The unclean spirit shook him and screamed, then it came out. Everyone was shaken and questioned among themselves, “What’s this? A new teaching with authority! He even commands unclean spirits and they obey him!”   Mark 1:23 – 27

My own demons are many. “What have you to do with us? Have you come to destroy us?” My fears are many. I can remember going home from our neighbor”s house, having to pass through an empty field to get there. My steps quickened along with my heart as I passed through the field’s tall grass, imagining snakes, maybe even something larger, ready to pounce on me. My fears have changed along with my years of life. Now I am afraid of being pounced upon for not knowing enough, being seen as inadequate. When conversations happen around issues of injustice, racism, sexism, and homophobia, I want to be seen as knowing and “right” and authoritative. I cover my lack of knowledge. When someone says, “My friends did not even know about ________, and I realize that I too, do not know, I cover it up. How then can I change, be transformed? The demons in the synagogue that day knew Jesus’ authority and where it came from. Almost against the possessed man’s will, Jesus commanded them out into the open, where they could be seen and transformed. “What is this?” “A new teaching?” Openness, vulnerability, honesty…transformation.

Pastor Sherrie

HAPPENINGS

Joint Worship with Glenbrook UMC
Sunday, February 11
11:00 am followed by pot luck fellowship
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN WORSHIP TIME

RECYCLE RED
Youth are collecting RED objects, all sizes and textures
for an art project.  Items must be clean with no
sharp edges.  Drop in box under the coat rack (through April)

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