A Real Good Story

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 119:97-120 (Morning)
Psalm 81, 82 (Evening)
Neh. 7:73b-8:3,5-18
Rev. 18:21-24
Matt. 15:29-39

A Real Good Story

I never really believed that the story in today’s gospel was anything more than that – a good story – until I had leaned deeply into my work and many year’s experiences as a hospice nurse.

From the many patients I served over the years I learned that healing is always possible, and is often most profoundly possible as one nears death.

Folks who have been alienated and held themselves silent from family members, often reach out to heal the void between them, speaking to each other for the first time in years.

Folks who may have previously been weak in their faith, are made strong and whole by a spiritual insight that seems to grace their souls in their last days.

Folks who were perhaps driven by work or other distractions of the world, thus blinded to the wonders of nature and the world around them, are suddenly given a kind of superhero vision that allows them to see the minutest of details in a loved one’s smile…or the delicate intricacies of a spider web.

In faith, we are all entitled to miraculous healing: Even when the cancer can’t be cured…even when we are in our last hours.

And then there’s the story of seven loaves and a few fishes that Jesus fed the thousands after the healing got done. Is it possible that this story has been with us always as a foundation of hope in our lives when we struggle, make do? Maybe that story’s true, too.

Written by Kathy McGregor

Kathy is the project director for The Prison Story Project.

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