compassion 8: god’s gonna trouble the water

In this week's reflection, Pastoral Intern Allison Bengfort shares a story from the Lower Elwah S'Klallam tribe, which was shared by Roger Fernandes to the children and counselors at Read-a-Rama camp.  This First Nations healing story sheds light on how the healing stories in the Bible may be about more than physical ailments.  In John 5:1-9, a sick man waits at the pool of Bethesda for the angel of God to trouble the water.  This story, which is the textual basis for the African American spiritual, "Wade in the Water," calls to mind the healing waters of baptism and reminds us that we, too, are sent out to trouble the water of the unjust systems that surround us. 


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