Let Your Demons Go
When I read Psalm 28 and Luke 4:31-37 from an Eastertide perspective, I was gently prodded to ask questions. What if Jesus felt like the psalmist and is showing us how to deal with our inner enemies? When we break down and are forced to face our demons, is Jesus there to show us how to live with a “post-Easter” consciousness? Maybe Jesus is showing us that we can now live with authority, by being the author of our own souls. There are times when we hear only demons and it appears that God is silent to us, but I believe that Jesus is showing us that we can let our demons go out of us without harm. We know that these demons or enemies are there, but with consciousness and attention, we can let them go. This is astonishing! What an Easter message.
To go even further, first the psalmist laments his or her individual pain inflicted by enemies, and then moves to the realization that a strong shepherd is here to carry us all, forever. There is a shift from personal pain to community and relationship. If we are called as the Son of Man is called to be shepherds to us all, can we help others meet and release their demons, with authority? Can we help others who only hear demons, enemies, and God’s silence, to come in prayer, to listen for the Presence in their own hearts? I believe we can. I am not going to let the demons win. That is the Easter message for me. I will muster all the authority, consciousness, prayer, strength, intimacy, and shepherdesses, and maybe occasionally astonish others as Jesus astonishes.