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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, November 13, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
The paralyzed man’s need moved his friends to action, and they brought him to Jesus. When you recognize someone’s need, do you act? Many people have physical and spiritual needs you can meet, either by yourself or with others who are also concerned. Human need moved these four men; let it also move you to compassionate action. (NLT)
Mark 2:1-12 – Several days later Jesus returned to Capernaum, and the news of his arrival spread quickly through the town. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there wasn’t room for one more person, not even outside the door. And he preached the word to them. Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd, so they dug through the clay roof above his head. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My son, your sins are forgiven.”~
But some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there said to themselves, “What? This is blasphemy! Who but God can forgive sins!”
Jesus knew what they were discussing among themselves, so he said to then, “Why do you think this is blasphemy? Is it easier to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’? I will prove that I, the Son of Man, have the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, take your mat, and go on home, because you are healed!”
The man jumped up, took the mat, and pushed his way through the stunned onlookers. Then they all praised God. “We’ve never seen anything like this before!” they exclaimed.
The psalmist wrote, “I say of the holy people who are in the land, ‘They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.‘” — Psalm 16:3 (NIV)
Mark Weinrich (Nevada) titled his story “THE NOBLE ONES;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“The four friends of the paralyzed man in today’s reading would not allow any barriers to stand between them and bringing their friend to Jesus. . . No doubt his life was not only in their hands but on their hearts.
“For the seven months I was struggling with cancer, I called my wife ‘my cellmate.’ Our lives had come to a standstill, but she didn’t complain. She cared for me and informed our family and friends of my progress. I’m sure I would not be where I am today if not for those who kept me on their hearts.
“If anyone deserves to be honored today, it is those who serve unnoticed in caring for those who are ill or disabled. Though they are forgotten by many, to those they care for they are like the psalmist’s noble ones in whom he delighted.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When we give our hearts to God, our hands will follow.
Prayer: God of all compassion, thank you for those who unselfishly serve those who are sick or disabled. Bless them with your love and care. Amen.
Prayer Focus: CAREGIVERS
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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