March 19th Lenten Devotion


Sonny Graves

Matthew 8:28-34

 I wonder If Jesus was still tired from calming the storm and the disciples? I wonder what a demon sounds like? I wonder if it’s unfair to make swine bear the death when they were simply grazing nearby? I wonder why the town people were scared of the power of God?

Jesus meets us in the most broken and beautiful possibilities of our lives. I love that Jesus is unafraid to go to this place of death. A place humanity decided is irredeemable. Demonic. Violent. Untouchable. Impassable. Beyond repair and hope.

Can we read this passage and imagine the parts of our lives, our communities, or our world that we have decided are beyond healing and hope? I wonder are these the very parts that most to come out from the tombs and into the presence of God?

Whether we are willing or not to come to God, in Jesus God comes to us. Loves us unconditionally. Loves especially what we believe is beyond hope. The power of that grace will feel like a casting out. Our despair and disbelief will be run off of the cliff of our souls to perish in the waters. I wonder at so many townspeople who encountered that power and begged God to leave. I wonder however, if there were a few in that crowd forever changed… and who believed?

God whether or not we are willing to come to you – you find a way to come to us. Heal us of our demons of despair, of oppression, of suffering, and of hopelessness. Draw us from the tombs and into your presence where we need not wonder at all if your love is waiting for us.


Rev. Sonny Graves (preferred pronouns he/him) pastors with the priesthood of all believers at New Spirit UCC in Indigenous Dakota Lands/Savage, Minnesota..

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