“But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick of a fever, and anon they tell Him of her.”—Mark 1:30.
ERY interesting is this little peep into the house of the Apostolic Fisherman. We see at once that household joys and cares are no hindrance to the full exercise of ministry, nay, that since they furnish an opportunity for personally witnessing the Lord’s gracious work upon one’s own flesh and blood, they may even instruct the teacher better than any other earthly discipline. Papists and other sectaries may decry marriage, but true Christianity and household life agree well together. Peter’s house was probably a poor fisherman’s hut, but the Lord of Glory entered it, lodged in it, and wrought a miracle in it. Should our little book be read this morning in some very humble cottage, let this fact encourage the inmates to seek the company of King Jesus. God is oftener in little huts than in rich palaces. Jesus is looking round your room now, and is waiting to be gracious to you.
Into Simon’s house sickness had entered, fever in a deadly form had prostrated his mother-in-law, and as soon as Jesus came they told Him of the sad affliction, and He hastened to the patient’s bed. Have you any sickness in the house this morning? You will find Jesus by far the best physician, go to Him at once and tell Him all about the matter. Immediately lay the case before Him.
It concerns one of His people, and therefore will not be trivial to Him. Observe, that at once the Saviour restored the sick woman; none can heal as He does. We may not make sure that the Lord will at once remove all disease from those we love, but we may know that believing prayer for the sick is far more likely to be followed by restoration than anything else in the world; and where this avails not, we must meekly bow to His will by whom life and death are determined. The tender heart of Jesus waits to hear our griefs, let us pour them into His patient ear. C. H. Spurgeon
May the gracious God grant you hope in the midst of any trial.
On this day twelve years ago much of the world watched transfixed by the events of 9/11. Disbelief, uncertainty, fear, horror filled the air. Today, we paused to honor those fallen, as well as those left behind to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” on this day. We do so with musical tributes, speeches, flowers, poems, stories, candles, the ringing of bells, wreaths, but most of all with memories.
There are other days written on our collective psyche – December 7, Katrina (August 23), and others. These days mark and unite us in a common bond of sorrow, and pain, but they also create within us the knowledge of precious fabric of life and love, and the need to be more like you O Lord filled with courage, hope, peace, forgiveness, and that blessed assurance.
Today, O Lord help us to remember, and care for those who need your special touch of comfort and love as we all walk through the memories on this day. In Jesus’ name. Amen
The mercy of God is not a little thing. God is not little, nor is His mercy small or puny. It is a wondrous thing; full of light, life and love. Meditate on God’s mercy. It is so sweet and tender. It heals, and restores the broken heart. His mercy changes the look and feel of our bodies. Oozing wounds are bound up. It soothes our troubled minds, and bring joy to our souls. Mercy puts a smile on the face, where moments before there was a frown. God’s mercy is wide and infinite. It can’t be measured or put in a bottle to be stored and saved for a rainy day. It always ready, and available to everyone. Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, the psalmist wrote. Mercy brings us to the throne of Heaven so we can dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
The mercy of God is ours. Psalm 52:8
In my last post I incorrectly quoted from the movie Pollyanna. The inscription on her necklace was “If you look for the bad in people you shall surely find it”, Abraham Lincoln. The major theme of the movie was to look for the good, not the bad. Whatever you look for in people, you will see it.
Philippians 4: 8 [KJV] Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Form an opinion of those things which heighten, elevate us and those around us. People need to see the true, see integrity, see justice, purity, beauty, and the good. They need to see they are made in the image of God.
The moment we behold [with our soul] as with the clear light of Christ, we are transformed, and so is our world. Light removes the darkness. It penetrates the heart and spirit, and take us to the sacred place of forgiveness and love.
Your good eyes shining on the poor soul who has lost their way will be like a drop of water in the dry desert. Let resolve ourselves to see the good, and share the Good News today.