Vietnam Women's Memorial.
 Goodacre, G. (Glenna)

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Title:Vietnam Women's Memorial

The scripture reading from Luke for today tells the story of Jesus' healing of the woman who was bent and unable to stand. This particular healing episode is noted in scripture because it provoked the leader of the synagogue to reproach Jesus for healing on the sabbath.

The photograph of the powerful sculpture by Diane Carlson Evans for the Vietnam Women's Memorial flips the story a bit. In the sculpture, the women are doing the healing, an act of mercy many times over, regardless of time of day, day of week, week of year. These women and men of the medical teams give much to allow wounded soldiers to "be set free from this bondage," the bondage of death.

Like Luke's woman who was bent over, many of the soldiers who are served by the medical services, return to their homes with physical disabilities from their injuries. The physical as well as social barriers to a fulfilling work and family life can be difficult to surmount. Jesus the Healer calls the faithful to support those who struggle with disabilities and to pray for strength and hope for these who bear that burden.

Artist:Goodacre, G. (Glenna)
Building:National Mall
Object/Function:Sculpture, freestanding
Country:United States

Scripture:Luke 13:10-17
Lectionary links:CProp16

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Attribution:Goodacre, G. (Glenna). Vietnam Women's Memorial, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 3, 2020]. Original source:
Record Number:54220 Last Updated: 2010-10-25 15:07:58 Record Created: 2009-02-10 14:49:30
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition