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Lent day 19

Sunday

Theme: Name

Scripture

Mark 5:1-10

Jesus and his disciples crossed Lake Galilee and came to shore near the town of Gerasa. When he was getting out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit quickly ran to him from the graveyard where he had been living. No one was able to tie the man up anymore, not even with a chain. He had often been put in chains and leg irons, but he broke the chains and smashed the leg irons. No one could control him. Night and day he was in the graveyard or on the hills, yelling and cutting himself with stones.

When the man saw Jesus in the distance, he ran up to him and knelt down. He shouted, “Jesus, Son of God in heaven, what do you want with me? Promise me in God’s name that you won’t torture me!” The man said this because Jesus had already told the evil spirit to come out of him.

Jesus asked, “What is your name?”

The man answered, “My name is Lots, because I have ‘lots' of evil spirits.” He then begged Jesus not to send them away.

Reflection prompts

Take inventory of your soul.
  • What do you carry that weighs you down?
  • What do you carry that brings you to life?
Know that God sees it all, and calls you by name.

Prayer

Gracious God, you see me when I am down, and you invite me to tell you about it. You ask me, “What is your name?” And in that moment, I can respond with the lies that cover me, or I can respond, “I am a child of God.” No matter what I say, I know that you love me. What a gift to be seen and called by name. Amen. - Prayer by Rev. Sarah Are | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org

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