Read: Luke 8:26-39
Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. (v. 39)
The man with a multitude of demons is the very picture of anguish. Tormented by the demons, he repeatedly exiles himself from his community, choosing instead to live among the dead. This man was living a nonlife. Desperate, he met Jesus on the shore but then, strangely, he begged to be left alone. When Jesus asked his name, the man replied by describing the demons: “Legion.” He apparently no longer remembered who he was. Perhaps he was afraid to be healed because he no longer remembered his identity without his demons.
I know a woman who spent much of her adult life in a group home. She was not treated well there—she would often tell stories of people telling her she was ugly, stupid, or bad. She desperately wanted to get out; she knew she didn’t deserve that treatment. At the same time, she suffered low self-esteem as a result of this verbal abuse. A few years ago, she moved into a different home, a supportive one, and it has been lovely to see her open up and become her full and true self, without fear of reproach. We need to hear, and believe, the truth about ourselves.
Sometimes, our relationship with ourselves is broken. This fills us with distress, like the Gerasene man. By healing him, Jesus restored him to himself: he helped the man remember who he truly was. Jesus, the gardener who seeks our flourishing, cares to restore us to ourselves. —Amy Curran
As you pray, bring to Jesus the parts of yourself that need healing.