The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came to see what it was that had happened. They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. Those who had seen what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine reported it. Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
The Other Side
May be we thought we might rest awhile
sanctuary and safety in the familiar
this other side of the gentle sea
a desolate place of welcome and quiet.
The silence we ached for was disturbed
need for healing outweighed our rest
love overpower the selfish wrestling
and the unclean were driven out.
We are called to a restless love
to foreign homes and local strangeness
invited to make welcome the least
we are made strong again by love.
We find our sanctuary in touching
make our rejoicing in others whole
bending our wills to God's spirit
we are remade in hope and joy.
Weary find rest and the broken salve
the lost find refuge and solace new
the brokenhearted sing loudly again
and we are called away to another shore.