Genesis 32:24-26, 29b-31
“So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for it is daybreak. But Jacob replied, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’…Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.’ The sun rose above him…and he was limping because of his hip.”
“Great crowds came to [Jesus], bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.”
“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he also binds up; he injures, but his hands also heal.”
Righteous Healer, your vision of wholeness spans infinite heights and depths.
You touch our pride, dislocating our self-sufficiency. With compassion you strengthen our crippled souls to climb to glorious heights.
Bless us with a limp even as you heal us where we are lame. In all circumstances may we come under your hand and look into your face.
For the sake of Christ we ask this; who in the darkness wrestled on our behalf, to take our wounds that we might be made whole.
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