July 15, 2021

Sabbath Healing

A poem by Sarah Bourns

Have you noticed how often Jesus heals on the Sabbath?
As I read the gospels, it seems as if nearly every account of healing happens on the Sabbath.
And it seems to be very intentional.
It seems to be a symbolic act.

Jesus. Heals. On the Sabbath.
On the day of ceasing work, Jesus does his best work.
On the day of prayer, Jesus repairs.
On the day of stillness, Jesus brings wholeness.
On the day of jubilee rest, Jesus pursues justice and righteousness.

And Jesus
Still Heals
On the Sabbath
As we Sabbath.
As we stop, He starts.
As we empty, He fills.
As we trust, He sustains.
As we rest, He remains.

As we loosen our grip, He holds our hands.
As we quiet our heads, He quickens our hearts.
As we worship Him, He works through us.
As we delight in Him, He delights in us.

Shabbat is for Shalom,
For whole body healing
For whole soul healing
For whole community healing
For whole world healing.

This is what we mean when we say,
Shabbat Shalom,
May Jesus heal you on this Sabbath day.
May Jesus heal me on this Sabbath day.
May Jesus heal us on this Sabbath day.

May Jesus heal today.
Shabbat Shalom, friends.

sarah bourns

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