Monday, May 9, 2016

What Love Does

When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, appealing to him and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible distress.” And he said to him, “I will come and cure him.” The centurion answered, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.”
When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, “Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you according to your faith.” And the servant was healed in that hour.
When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed with demons; and he cast out the spirits with a word, and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.” Matthew 8:5-17 

What Love Does

We get up after being made well
we walk the cold night streets
looking for the lost and forgotten
sharing a sandwich and some comfort.

We beg for life of our employees
we carry the lost and lonely longer
we share all that we have today
tomorrow might be our turn in need.

We cannot be the Savior and the healer
we can offer the love which we have
we can forgive despite our  wounds
and serve the ones who dish cruelty.

We can live for others despite them
we can dance for joy despite our infrimity
we can demonstrate love to the world
smiling with the heart's perfect assurance.

We can welcome the alien in our midst
for we were once strangers like them
the Creator showed kindness and light
bearing all our pain in our isolation.

So we can stand with the outcasts
and carry those who are not able
walk we the elderly and informed
for love walks with all who are broken.

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