Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 09-30-22

Intro: We are all called to be a living expression of faith in God. I want us to think about that statement for a minute. How you and I live, move, and have our being is to be an expression of what we believe about Christ and his love (Acts 17:28). I pray you are home safely and you, like me, are praising God we were spared of greater destruction from hurricane Ian. As well, I am praying about ways we can be the expression of Christ to our Florida neighbors who faced the storm head on and are suffering.

In our passage today, Jesus is revealing God’s heart to his disciples and to the crowd that follows him. He is the Healer and he cares about the suffering of his children. Everything about Jesus is compassionate and full of mercy, so he reaches for the suffering around him. The two blind men—who cannot physically see Jesus—spiritually know he is the long-awaited Messiah; while, the religious leaders have no idea who Jesus is and how he is able to do such amazing miracles. It becomes so clear that we can have an idea about God, but offer no accurate expression with our lives. We must be followers of Christ to be a true expression of him. As we go back into our routine lives (following the storm) let’s remember to reflect his glory and praise the majesty of our Messiah! As well, let’s look to be a healing hand of hope and help.

Matthew 20:29-34 Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
29 As Jesus and the disciples left the town of Jericho, a large crowd followed behind. 30 Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
31 “Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them.

But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”

32 When Jesus heard them, he stopped and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”

33 “Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” 34 Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for keeping us safe through the storm. I pray for wisdom to know how to be an expression of your love to those who find themselves facing catastrophic loss and in need of help. Use your children, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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