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Summary: A sermon for the 13 Sunday after Pentecost Proper 16 Healing the woman on the sabbath

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"I believe it was Ernest Hemingway who coined the phrase "growing strong in the broken places." When a bone is broken, for example, the calcium buildup that "welds" the bone together makes that the strongest part of the bone.

When our life is committed to God and we bring our broken parts to him for healing, we, too, become strong in the broken places.

Another aspect on being broken is in the words of Vance Havner who said, "God uses broken things. It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume . . . it is Peter, weeping bitterly [after his failure of denying Jesus], who returns to greater power than ever." (3)

God can use our brokenness to heal us either by a miracle, or the art of medicine. He can also use our brokenness to heal our spirit if not our bodies so that we can be given the strength to live life to the fullest in our own skins.

When I was young maybe in 5th grade our teacher asked up to write a short easy about if I had a wish what would I ask for.

I wrote:

I wish that when i wake up in the morning that the first thing I could do was to get dressed in no certain order. For with wearing a long left brace, I always had to put my socks on first, then my leg brace with the shoe attached to it, then lace up all the straps on the brace, pull my pants over the leg brace, etc. A very tedious affair.

But in my dream, my wish, I would run out of the room with one shoe on one shoe off down the stairs without hanging onto the rail, outside, skipping and hoping trying to get the other shoe on. I would run as fast as I could and let the breeze flow through my hair.

I would jump as I high as I could just to feel what it was like to be off the ground.

I think from looking back on the situation, i surprised the teacher with my wish because most kids asked for things or the ability to go places, I wished for what others had taken for granted.

All of us at one point or another wish to be free from something. We pray, we beg, we try any thing, but then reality sinks in and we know our wish will not be answered. So we pray for the strength to live each day to the fullest with the peace, comfort and strength of Jesus Christ to lead the way!

Healing comes in many forms, and it just might be the ability to live with the reality of life and then to be comfortable in our own skins.

My grace is sufficient for you.

Then the leaders of that synagogue turned their attention to Jesus. They accused him of working on the Sabbath.

But Jesus counters that with a statement about untying an animal on the Sabbath to lead it to water and then saying or implying that if you can water an animal on the Sabbath, can’t I, Jesus, do about the same thing. Let a lady be freed her bonds of this infliction.

Jesus had a passion for people not rules and regulations. Yes some rules are needed, but Jesus saw through all those artificial rules to the most basic rule that being kind to people and helping them is the most important rule.

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