- The healing of Ethel (Simon’s mother in law). No, there is no Ethel in your Bible or mine, but sometimes I like to give a name to the ‘nameless’ women and men whose stories are included. (Psalm 147 “God determines the number of stars; and gives to all of them their names. If stars have names, people should also!) When Jesus and the men show up at Simon and Andrew’s house after the services at the synagogue, Jesus is told immediately that ‘Ethel’ is in bed with fever. Jesus goes to her, takes her by the hand (touch!) and raises her up. The fever leaves her body and she begins to serve them!
- Mass healing at sundown – Jesus’ reputation and ministry was already becoming known and his fame had spread. All who were sick or possessed with demons were brought to him. The text reads that “he cured many of various illnesses and cast out many demons.”
- Give me a break – after a long day of healing and casting out demons, Jesus was exhausted, depleted. Early the next morning he leaves the house, seeking solitude and a place to pray, to be renewed in body and spirit. Jesus practiced/modeled a rhythm of work, rest, solitude and prayer.
- Time to move on… Simon and his companions hunted for Jesus and found him, interrupting his time of prayer and solitude. The crowds were clamoring for more of his attention. There was still a need for him to return for another day of healing and casting out demons! (Accessed the situation, took a few deep breaths…) Jesus said…, ‘Let’s move on…’ Jesus knew what his priority was…to proclaim the message…that is what he came to do, and within the proclamation of that message, clarity and understanding would happen as to the significance of and need for all of the other ministries that took place.
Brokenness WholenessDis-ease onenessAlienation restorationSeparation fullnessResentment reconciliationFactions forgivenessFragmentation maturityJealousy release from bondage
May God bring light into our darkness.May God give us peace beyond our fears.May God give hope beyond our sorrow.May God give us courage to walk toward wholeness.Give us all your vision…God of love.
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