Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Astonishing Dignity

Imagine being deaf and mute your whole life? As hard as that may be to comprehend, now think about how much of an outsider you must feel? You can't hear any conversation or even communicate with anyone verbally. Now imagine people encouraging you, pushing you and leading you into the path of a man called Jesus... overwhelming to say the least. Mark captures what happen NEXT in a story from his Gospel:

"Jesus led him away from the crowd and put his fingers into the man’s ears, then spat and touched the man’s tongue with the spittle. Then, looking up to heaven, he sighed and commanded, “Open!” Instantly the man could hear perfectly and speak plainly!" - Mark 7:33-35

So what does Jesus in this moment? Well, he treats the deaf man with remarkable dignity. Instead of making him a public spectacle, in his vulnerable state, he draws him aside and heals him. The first words he would have heard would have come from the mouth of the Messiah.

This teaches me that Jesus deals with my frailties and problems in a sensitive way. He restores our dignity. His deepest concern is for our well being.

Today, may you picture, in your minds eye, Jesus drawing you aside, Laying his hands on you and giving you life!

Helen Keller - The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

Living in Grace

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