Passage: Luke 8: 26-39
26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee.27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.
Angela: "For me, the disciple being asked to cross the lake and go to the far side reminded me of how God asked me to leave behind my family in Korea to start a new family in Michigan."
Tyler: "For me, it's the experience of being called to IA and having to leave behind all the friends I have at West Bloomfield to be in a new setting."
Ella: "I believe God calls us to cross boundaries and has us spend time with people going through tough times for evangelism. I think that's why God makes my friends comfortable confiding in me when we have a hard time."
Sung: "I try to do my part to relate to people going through difficulties. For instance, when I go out to lunch, I try to visit a small cafe in Oxford. It's a place where I enjoy the food, but I know that a lot of people are unconsciously avoiding the town these days. I think it's important for us to go, and just try to spread peace and cheer, and that's how we can try to encourage the town as they recover."
Tyler: "I think that there are always lonely people in every school, and I see some people who really go out of their way to make connections with everyone. I don't do it to an extreme, but I try to do my part too."
Ella: "There are scary people out there, like in the text, but Jesus makes it safe because he is with us."
Angela: "And we have to recognize that sometimes we are the ones who are needing help and needing grace."
Prayer: May God cause us to courageously cross boundaries as we follow Jesus, and to show love to those who are difficult with the compassion we receive from God. In Jesus' name.