Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighbourhood. As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you.’ And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. (Mark 5:17-20)
Fears, anxieties, judgments and insecurities play with our thoughts and can burst onto the scene of our ordinary lives like a madman whose demons won't be restrained, won't heed the binding of chains. Through prayer and practice, how does the acceptance and connection to God's unconditional love serve to liberate the thoughts, judgments, insecurities in our consciousness and hiding in the corners of our subconscious and unconscious minds? How are we liberated from them through God's grace? How does this grace enhance, enrich, and inform our interactions, relationships and opportunities? What facilitates the connection with God that brings liberating grace and love that make space for the birth of peace in the moments that make up our ordinary lives? How am I going to respond to each moment, each opportunity to reunite what has been fragmented?
Teach me Jesus to take what is separated and what separates and return. Make way for me to receive and hold that which makes all things whole.
Brooke Summers-Perry — hopeful, loving, seeker