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Meditation — January 12, 2018

Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

Scripture: Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven.” Now, some scribes were sitting there, and they said to themselves, “How can this man talk like that? He is being blasphemous. Who but God can forgive sins?” And at one, Jesus inwardly aware that this is what they were thinking, said to them, “Why do you have these thoughts in your hearts? Which of these is easier to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go off home.’ And the man got up, and at once picked up his stretcher and walked out in front of everyone, so that they were all astonished and praised God saying, “We have never seen anything like this.” Mark 2:5-12

Prayer: Today I remember my father who would be celebrating his 101th birthday. If my father and I were in the crowd of onlookers, we too would have been astonished, and I acknowledge how often in life the Lord has touched me in the deepest regions of who I am, and said Get up!

Response: Yes, it is good to put yourself among the onlookers and see the incident as meant for you and your loved ones—as if Jesus is speaking to you—and He is. Your astonishment is one of many incidents you will experience this day—if you are listening—confirming the Lord’s active presence in your life.

Consider also that you would not be reading and reflecting upon it, if the man on the stretcher was not surrounded by determined friends who defied protocol by lowering him into the presence of Jesus after dismantling the roof. How determined are you in support of loved ones and friends?

Consider those who you respect greatly for their courage, even audacity, to do what is right—like lower you in the presence of the Lord when you are ailing spiritually or physically. Now, it is time to consider what you can do to emulate them in your circle of influence. Praise the Lord!

All for this morning,

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