GPS: July 11, 2015

Today’s Scripture:

Mark 7:24-37

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.  Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

Food For Thought:

In this passage of Scripture, we see Jesus heal two different people. Although we may not have the gift of physical healing like Jesus did, we can bring healing to people through our words and actions. Think of a situation in your own life that needs healing. How can you be the balm of healing in that situation? How can you reach out to another person and offer them healing?

Prayer:

For the healing of the nations, O God, 
you raised up your Son and exalted him as the Lord of all creation. Grant that all who believe in him
 may have the gift of eternal life
 and share in the glory of your kingdom,
 where you live forever and ever.   In your holy and sacred name we pray, Amen.

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