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Luke 9:1-6, First Aid Kit

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Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.’
— Luke 9:1-3

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, July 6, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

When I was 14, I severely burned my leg in the middle of the woods at summer camp. There was no first aid kit, no ice, not even cold water. It took a makeshift stretcher, a pick-up truck, and then an ambulance to get me twenty miles to the nearest hospital. Not an experience I’d like to repeat, but it makes a great story, mostly because I lived to tell it.

Jesus sent his disciples out into a sin-sick world to preach and to heal without any earthly supplies whatsoever. Yet they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish all Jesus asked of them. How often do we look at the ills and sorrows all around us and feel unequipped to bringing Jesus’ love and healing into the world? Do not forget that our “first aid kit” contains the most potent medicine of all and through the Holy Spirit, we can do what Jesus calls us to.

Holy Spirit, empower me to tend and care for all who need your healing grace. Amen.

 

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