Be Opened

Jesus offers healing in a variety of ways based on our need.  If you are dry and parched, come to the well and be filled.  Let Jesus care for your need.

Mark 7:24-37

The Syrophoenician Woman’s Faith
24 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, 25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 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.” 28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Jesus Cures a Deaf Man
31 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. 32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

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Tattered

Recently we had a  lot of wind at my house.  We had a decorative flag hanging out front.  The wind was whipping the flag all around, and I didn’t give it much thought.  Then, after much blowing and whipping around, the wind stopped for a moment.  I realized in that moment that the flag was damaged.  The flag had become frayed at the outermost corner.  It was overwhelmed by the circumstances.  The twisting and turning was too much for the flag to handle.   The fraying is a small issue now, but without proper attention , the flag will soon be in tatters.  If I left the flag to twist and turn in the wind, the flag would have quickly been shredded into pieces.  A lot more repair work would have been needed, and it would never be the same.

 We are, in many ways, like the flag at my house.  There are times when we feel whipped about by our lives and circumstances.  We are constantly dealing with people and issues. It can come to a point, when we start to fray a bit at our edges.  We become stressed or frustrated.  We start using a clipped tone with the people around us.  We are worn down and tired.  We become so overwhelmed that we forget what we need to do next and why.  This is when we need to stop, to withdraw from the storms that assail us.  Jesus invites us to come away to a quiet place.   Before our lives are ripped apart, God wants to restore and heal us.    For many of us the healing quiet place is worship.  Many of us feel renewed from being in worship.  We sing hymns and spiritual songs.  We are with brothers and sisters in Christ.  We are connected to the body of believers.  We are in the presence of God.  We hear the Word of God proclaimed.  We confess.  We are forgiven.  We are transformed.   This is what happens when we worship.  The frayed points of our lives are knitted together.  Each one of us needs this experience on a regular basis.  We need to be in worship for ourselves and for others.  Be in worship on a regular basis so that you may find renewal, as well as help others experience God’s healing.
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