Luke 13:10-17 NIV
Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman on the Sabbath
10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
14 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue leader said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.”
15 The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie your ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? 16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”
17 When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing.
Lord Jesus, You put inestimable value on human life. You saw the woman who was bent double for many years because of a sickness caused by a spirit and You initiated interaction with her and healed her. To You, her life was so important that even if You had to break protocol or be criticized, it didn’t matter. Lord, enable me to follow Your example of courage and compassion. Open my eyes to the value of each person, remembering that each one is never beyond help in Your encompassing love. And then stir me up to action that will give honor to Your name, Amen.