Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. As Jesus stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”—for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times 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 wilds.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.
Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons begged Jesus to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they 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. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave 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.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him. Luke 8:26-39
Declare What God Has Done for You
Defying gravity and the need to be penned in
letting go to God makes the demons flee
all who grew to know me as a madman
now have to change their minds and hearts.
Fear wells up when what has become normal changes
folk don't know how to be when our afflictions are shed
my illness defined their goodness and compassion
now they want to kill the one who made me well.
Fear can choke the thriving life out of hopefulness
make the children run away who threaten constancy
make aliens and the underclass the true problems
when change and miracles destroy normal controls.
We like our lunatics thank you very much
we see them as our entertainment, we make fun
we can be superior and in power when the weak remain
we cannot tolerate the uppitiness of poor.
God has done more than we could have ever asked
there is peace where once there was torment
there is healing when there once was bleeding
and God will find a way to mend the hoop again.