Sunday: 14th July, 2019

Reference text: Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.

In the management of occlusion, stents are used to keep vessels open hence their popularity in the management of cardiac and some intestinal problems. In the process of deploying a stent, there is a point called the ‘point of no return’ – it represents the point normally beyond the halfway mark where the position of insertion can no longer be altered and other interventions will be required if insertion is unsuccessful.

The exact words of scripture in this text are relevant because the man
in the Gospel reading was left “half-dead”- perfectly midway between life and death. This is rather interesting outcome because things could have proceeded along a rather different route. He could have been ‘threatened and robbed’, for certainly a band of brigands are fearsome enough to request for your goods without laying a finger on you. Or he could been ‘murdered and robbed’.

While in his context, he was left at a midpoint between living and dying, finding ourselves in a ‘half-dead’ situation could mean a lot of other things, but surely, HOPE will have a place there. However, such situations also seek to verify what our choices would be if we were at a ‘half-dead point’ ourselves. If we were at a perfect tipping point on the verge of total burnout; in which direction will our pendulums swing?

From half-dead to life or a transition from half-dead to actually dead? Would we turn around and walk back or will we keep going forward past the point of no return? Beloved, the midpoint of any venture is critical because beyond that point, any decisions made come at heavier costs. Some of the situations we face in life really push our dreams and targets to the brink to see if we would give them all up. But living with the hope that the good Samaritan, the Lord, will find us and swing our pendulum towards life; we can certainly look forward to our own story.


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