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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
These blind beggars could see that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, while the religious leaders who witnessed Jesus’ miracles were blind to his identity, refusing to open their eyes to the truth. Seeing with your eyes doesn’t guarantee seeing with your heart.
Although Jesus was concerned about the coming events in Jerusalem, he demonstrated what he had just told the disciples about service by stopping to care for the blind men. (NLT)
Matthew 20:29-34 – As Jesus and the disciples left the city of Jericho, a huge crowd followed behind. 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!” The crowd told them to be quiet, but they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
Jesus stopped in the road and called, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord,” they said, “we want to see!” Jesus felt sorry from them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed him.
Connie L. Coppings (Kentucky) titled her story “AN EYE-OPENING EXPERIENCE;” here is a portion of Connie’s story:
“’I don’t like retirement. I feel I have no purpose,’ I complained to God. I couldn’t get out of the rut I seemed to be in that day. . . .
“In our reading for today, Jesus changed the perspective of two blind men who probably felt their lives were going nowhere. Jesus’ presence and compassion gave their world a new perspective. . . . Not only did they receive physical vision from Jesus, but they gained new spiritual vision that day.
“We all get discouraged some days, but it’s important to remember that Jesus also crosses our path each day. If we ask him, he will open our eyes to the hope he offers each of us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will watch for Jesus to pass my way today.
Prayer: Dear Lord, give us eyes to see beyond our limited vision. Teach us to see you in our everyday lives. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE SEEKING MEANING IN RETIREMENT
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