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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Today’s scripture reading:
Why did Jesus touch the man a second time before he could see? This miracle was not too difficult for Jesus, but he chose to do it in stages, possibly to show the disciples that some healing would be gradual rather than instantaneous or to demonstrate that spiritual truth is not always perceived clearly at first. Before Jesus left, however, the man was healed completely. (NLT)
Mark 8:22-26 – When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch and heal the man. Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?”
The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”
Then Jesus placed his hands over the man’s eyes again. As the man stared intently, his sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly. Jesus sent him home, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.”
Jesus laid his hands on [the blind man’s] eyes again; and he looked intently, and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. –Mark 8:25 (NRSV)
Brenda L. Saldana (Puerto Rico) titled her story “LIKE TREES WALKING;” here is a portion of Brenda’s story:
“Being the youth leader at my church is not easy for me. I have not raised teenagers of my own and do not have any training in working with teens. But this role has given me experiences that have transformed me.
“. . . instead of having Sunday school at church we loaded the teens into our cars and visited a nearby nursing home. . . . In the dining room, some of our teens talked, laughed, san, and even danced with the residents. Others went to visit those who were bedridden. . . .
“I realized that I had not seen the potential in these young people; but that day I began to see more clearly, like the blind man in today’s reading. Jesus did not give up on that man, and he did not give up on me. In the actions of these teens that Sunday I saw a vivid example of the power of Christ’s love to transform each of us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will look for the potential God sees in others.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us to share your love with others. Thank you for all the opportunities you give us to see and to be your love in the world. Amen.
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