Thursday, May 2, 2013

Deviled Ham

Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned.

When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:26-39

Deviled Ham

It's just not right to send them
we were minding our own business
being typical swines grazing
and we didn't deserve to die.

The broken man we heard him cry
every day he broke our quiet
daily he tried to hurt himself
and we would die so he was free.

We knew some of you thought us unclean
we knew you despised us and our young
we were living on the margins keeping quiet
and you came to do us ill.

It just wasn't right we had to die
we knew how to swim but devils do not
we knew how to survive on the scraps
but you would make the whole world whole.

It just wasn't right you had to die
you lived with the outcasts and loved sinners
you stayed with the poor and hurting
leaving everyone better off from your touch.

So we would proceed you in death
and in dying you would make all thins clean
in offering you made the world whole
and gave us all new reason to live.

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