Wednesday before Proper 6: Luke 8:40-56
Reading: Luke 8:40-56
I worked in a cabinet shop for a few years, building fireplace mantels and exterior appointments for new construction homes. This was back before the housing crash in 2007, so business was kicking. A big part of running a successful woodshop is making lots and lots of sawdust. By extension, a big part of running a successful woodshop is cleaning up lots and lots of sawdust. The shop hadn’t yet installed its dust collection system—effectively a giant vacuum continually pulling on all tools—so cleanup was a good old-fashioned broom and dustpan.
On one end of the shop we had two table saws set up back to back, generating quite a pile of dust between them. One day it was my turn to clean. Not wanting to interrupt the work that was being done, I crawled between the running saws with a dust shovel. I reach out with it, when suddenly ZZZAAAAAAP!
No, I didn’t get cut. I was nearly two feet from the base of the saw, but I saw what looked like a miniature lightning bolt arc from the base of the saw to my hand. It hurt. Turns out those two saws running side by side generates quite a bit of static electricity.
I always imagined something like that happening in this story. Maybe without the pain. But something like, “If I could just touch the hem of his…” ZAP. I love that Jesus’ power is so accessible by true faith that he didn’t even have to authorize its use.
When have you genuinely leaned into your faith? What does that mean for you?
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