August 22, 2013

Another Kind of Raising Up



Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, "Woman, you are set free from your ailment." When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, "There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day." But the Lord answered him and said, "You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?" When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing. - Luke 13:10-17


stooped so only the beetles could see her face
stuck in fractured vertebrae downward posture
bone on bone and the cracking of movement
crooked humility like forced back labor

and then the raising the release the renewal
freedom to stand up and breathe deep in the lungs
strengthened in spine and spirit and looking everyone eye to eye
another one lifted up to dignity and now:

a free, 
gracious, 
thankful 
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