“The Whole Herd…Rushed Down the Steep Bank”
O God, make and keep us mindful of just how powerfully damaging and destructive are some of the influences that threaten to control and dominate some of the people around us; remind us that some of them are struggling in their thinking, feeling, and praying selves with emotional, mental, and spiritual forces that would drive a non-thinking, non-feeling, and non-praying being right over the cliff.
Lord, have mercy on them.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, let your mercy flow through us into them.
“Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the water.” (Matthew 8:30-32)