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Read the story a few times slowly. Notice what emotions arise within you as you read it. If you find it helpful, journal about how the story makes you feel.

Luke 17:11-19 Living Bible (TLB)

11 As they continued onward toward Jerusalem, they reached the border between Galilee and Samaria, 12 and as they entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, sir, have mercy on us!”

14 He looked at them and said, “Go to the Jewish priest and show him that you are healed!” And as they were going, their leprosy disappeared.

15 One of them came back to Jesus, shouting, “Glory to God, I’m healed!” 16 He fell flat on the ground in front of Jesus, face downward in the dust, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a despised Samaritan.

17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the nine? 18 Does only this foreigner return to give glory to God?”

19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”

Read the poem below. Feel free to read it multiple times or even out loud if that helps.

On my face

In the dust

How did I get here?

I was healed

How was I healed?

I was traveling

In one direction

And met Jesus

On the way

He told me

To turn around


The home of

My enemy

And as I went

I was healed

It was there

On the road



With those

I thought

Hated and

Despised me

That I found

My healing

In my joy

I turned again

Towards Jesus

I ran to Him

When I saw Him

I was undone

I fell down

Into the dust

On my face

I was



On my face

In the dust

My gratitude


Into worship

Some might say

A posture of


But for me

A posture of


Of trust

In Jesus

And His companions

Those who


My enemies


Watch my back

As I surrender

At His feet

A voice says

Get up

But I cannot

Jesus gives


Compels me

To stay

Until the work

Of humility

Is done

Until joy

Is complete

Until worship


Into praise

I encountered


On the

In-between road

The border

Between His world

And mine

When He sent me


In the opposite



My enemy

I found


I turned back

Towards Him

And found Him


In the demilitarized zone

The space

Of peace

Of obscurity

Between peoples

And ideologies

Between me

And Him

Between my people

And His people

Between my beliefs

And His


I will

Dwell here

In the




That belongs

To no one

To everyone

The space

Where people

Can meet from

Both sides

Where people

Feel safe

No matter

Which land

They come from

The space

Where Jesus is

On the margins

With the outcasts

The space


Sick people dwell


Healing begins

The place

Of unknowing

Take some time to reflect on the following questions.

Who is my enemy?

If I were to walk towards or with my enemy instead of away from them, what might that look like?


How do I experience Jesus when I have changed direction in the past, seemingly against His command?

Am I currently facing a decision to change the direction of my life?

List the considerations that should go into play in that process.


In what way do I feel like I am on my face in the dust right now?

Speak the words of joy and gratitude that you are experiencing in this posture of vulnerability.

Consider whether the experience of feeling undone is coming to completion.

What work of God needs to happen within me to complete it?

What are my expectations of what will happen when I get up?

End your time with silent prayer.

Allow the love of Jesus to flow over you.

Worship Him as best you can wherever you are in your relationship with Him.

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