Being sick is the worst, isn't it?
What a wild and crazy cold and flu season we are having. There are so many different "bugs" going around that it's just a matter of time before something gets you.
As lots of you know, a stomach bug got my family last weekend, about 10 hours before I was supposed to be leading worship. Ugh. PT got hit with the flu last week. And lots of folks around Good Shepherd have had one thing or another. Maybe you are one of them (but I hope not!).
In the office this week, some of us were chatting about how good it feels when you have been sick and you finally get back into your routine. All of a sudden, a hot shower feels amazing. A trip to the grocery store is a breath of fresh air. Going to work feels remarkably like a vacation. Suddenly, we can do all the things we normally do! We can contribute to society in our small, but significant, way. It feels deeply good.
In a way, it's coming back to life.
In our Gospel for Sunday, Jesus heals a woman who is sick with a fever. But the Bible doesn't just say that he heals her...it says, he "raises" her. And after this everyday resurrection, she is able to jump back into her everyday life, serving those around her.
In the story, she wasn't dead. She was sick. And yet, Jesus brings her back to life.
Because of Jesus, she is able to take her place in the household again. She is able to provide hospitality to her guests (a central tenet of both Judaism and Christianity). She is able to do the ministry that has been given to her to do.
Healing stories are lovely, and yet, they can be tough. We don't always get the healing for which we pray. Those we love and lose do not, in fact, come back to
And yet, Jesus is always reaching out to us, in the midst of whatever ails us, to bring us back into a full and meaningful life. Jesus calls us to human connection, even when we are sick. Jesus calls us to serve, in whatever ways we can, given our circumstances. Jesus calls us to healing, even when a cure is not possible. Jesus calls us back to life.
Perhaps we'd like a more dramatic resurrection. Instead, we get resurrection that is everyday. Every. Day. It is not always dramatic, but it is always a miracle, always a gift.
May you be well this season, and if you are not, may you feel Jesus bringing you back to life.
Peace be with you,