Lame limbs….

Lame limbs….

Hebrews 12:12-13

…..and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed…..

Acts 3:1-9

Matthew 12:9-14

Recently I watched a short interview with swimming sensation Michael Phelps who was being asked about his relationship with his father. Everyone, who has been watching Phelps swim, is familiar with his mother in the stands cheering him on but his father has been absent. His parents divorced when Phelps was a young boy. The swimmer offered that he and his dad talk occasionally. It made me think about things in our lives that are not the best. Sometimes these things can be a source of pain, shame, guilt or regret for us. I call them lame limbs. A lame limb can show up in any family or individual. A lame limb is that which has been injured, broken, associated with pain, is less than full potential, and sometimes without any use at all (severed). Lame limbs don’t have to handicap us at all. We don’t have to”just live with them” or pretend that they are not there. Lame limbs can be healed.

Jesus healed lame limbs. He invites us just as he invited the man with the withered hand in Matthew 12 to stretch out that which is lame to him. By stretching it before God we acknowledge the issue and his power to heal. He can still heal the emotional lameness that keep us repeating the same old painful stories of our life. He can rewrite our story. He can shower us with his grace so that we can go from lame limbs to those that rejoice in the God of our salvation.

The hymn Amazing Grace sums it up best- I once was lost (lame) but now I’m found (healed) was blind but now I see. Be healed today.

Rev. Salatheia

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