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Pain not only hurts, but it colors our view of the world; it slows us down and changes the way we participate in life.
I have been troubled with occasional lower back pain for years—the kind that hurts fiercely, that darkens my disposition and will not leave for days. I...

Source of life and love, we understand so little of the mysteries of life that we do not know how to pray sometimes. But we do trust in your grace and strength to lead us to tomorrow. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 15–21, 2016
Scripture Overview

The Luke text portrays the healing that Jesus has just performed as a call to decision, a call to “repentance and changed lives.” Hebrews proclaims to the readers that they “have come . . . to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem . . . and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant.” For Luke, Jesus and his wonderful works signal the accessibility of God’s transforming power and thus signal also the time for repentance. The accessibility of God’s transforming power is evident in the lessons from Jeremiah and the psalm, although Jeremiah has no choice! And amid opposition from the wicked, the psalmist af rms what Jeremiah had been told by God—that his life from its very beginning has belonged to God.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read Jeremiah 1:4-10. God offers light to a world covered in darkness. Where do you see God’s light in your life? How can you offer this light to others?
• Read Psalm 71:1-6. When in your life have you turned to God for refuge? How did trust in God help the situation?
• Read Hebrews 12:18-29. We belong to a kingdom that cannot be shaken. How does that realization help during dif cult times?
• Read Luke 13:10-17. How do the limitations we experience turn us to the power and grace of God?

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