Luke 13:10-17 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites!…”Then all this opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Lord, I don’t want to be the Pharisee and yet we have so much in common.
I have grown up in a Christian home, tradition and culture.
I know what words to say to fit in at church.
I know what behaviors just don’t fly.
I read and meditate on your Word every day.
I have got the right habits.
I am a respectable woman.
But I know that grace does not flow freely from my heart.
Often I make demands on others that I am unable to keep.
Often I take on activities to please others rather than to serve you.
I follow the rules and don’t want to risk being wrong.
All too often I miss your beauty because I insist on not being satisfied until what I want is in place.
But thank you, there is a difference.
The difference is you Sweet Jesus.
Into your arms I fly.
I know that the clothes I wear are rags.
You give me garments of such dazzling beauty that no man could fashion them.
In your presence, I will fall in love and be amazed at your ways.
Thank you, over and over again, thank you.