Situations come up in our lives from which we need to be healed of the things which cause us pain. Finding we can handle those situations are the reason we can stand taller. Situations which cause us concern begin with our day and continue along the path we travel in our work and encounters with others. Upsetting in life might be harsh words, attitudes of others, drivers on the roadways, careless drivers, thoughts of the school year, and illness or loss of loved ones.
Jesus was questioned when he had healed a woman on the Sabbath, supposedly the day of rest. In healing the woman of pain which had crippled her for eighteen years, Jesus offered her a new beginning in life. When challenged by a narrow reading of the Sabbath command, Jesus responds by expanding “Sabbath work” to include setting people free from bondage.
The heart and mind are often opposed to each other with the mind choosing what is correct and necessary while the heart will act with compassion. The leader of the synagogue chastises Jesus by suggesting all healing should be done on the six days when work is allowed. Jesus answers that one is a hypocrite to believe the woman did not deserve to be freed from her bondage on the Sabbath the same as a donkey or ox received attention on the Sabbath. The crowd in attendance acclaims Jesus and rejoices at all the wonderful things he is doing.
The point of the Sabbath is the coming together with others for a day of worship. One finds wholeness in God when worship is with others in the religious setting. One can worship God without fear of being judged who we are because of sinning. Not one of us is without sin and will all face the same judgements. God does not promise us a life with “sunshine and lollipops” and asks only that we celebrate with him daily. God’s reason to celebrate is not only in what we are doing but what we might be doing for Him.
Good Shepherd welcomes all persons to worship, whether they are friends or strangers. Whether one wishes to choose to attend the Contemporary Service at 8:30 a.m. the Adult School at 9:45 a.m. or the Traditional Service at 10:45 a.m. Pastor Wally and the congregation encourage your attendance.