Thursday in the Seventh Week of Easter

Text: Matthew 9:1-8

Prayer Pointers:

For those with disabilities

For those paralyzed by life

This famous story of Jesus first pronouncing forgiveness of sins and then a word of healing over the paralytic is rich with meaning: the need of the paralytic, the faithfulness of those who brought him to Jesus, the astounding proclamation of forgiveness, the equally astounding proclamation of healing.

The world long has held those last two close together: illness of the body signaled pollution in the soul. Illness was perceived as resulting from displeasing the gods, a result of some sin, and if you wanted to heal the body, you needed to set right how the person was out of balance with the universe.

Today we are not so astonished at Jesus’ proclamation of forgiveness, as we are largely convinced that the only universe to which we need attend is the one within ourselves, and it should be easy to stay in balance with that! In part that comes from the very success of our medical science; we have come far down the road of “rise and walk,” even if we cannot do what Jesus did, and the connection between sin and sickness is cut. Yet there is another paralysis out there, a paralysis of the soul, where each person, charged with creating his or her own best, most authentic life finds that the task is finally impossible. Only the Lord of life can open up opportunities and create meaning in the face of impossibility simply by saying so.

Easter joy ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.