Grasp A Hand – Good News for January 14

14 01 2009

Mark 1:29-39

On leaving the synagogue Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John. Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever. They immediately told him about her. He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons. The whole town was gathered at the door. He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also. For this purpose have I come.” So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

The Daily Path: I can’t cure the sick or cast out demons, but I can “grasp a hand, and help someone up.” We all can. 

Room to Chat: Give someone you care about a hug. After all, isn’t that expression of love a form of prayer?

Step Aside – Good News for January 10

10 01 2009

John 3:22-30

Jesus and his disciples went into the region of Judea, where he spent some time with them baptizing.  John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was an abundance of water there, and people came to be baptized, for John had not yet been imprisoned. 

Now a dispute arose between the disciples of John and a Jew about ceremonial washings. So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you testified, here he is baptizing and everyone is coming to him.” John answered and said,

“No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said that I am not the Christ, but that I was sent before him.  The one who has the bride is the bridegroom; the best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice. So this joy of mine has been made complete. He must increase; I must decrease.”

The Daily Path: I think of how difficult it is to step back from the limelight and allow someone else to be a focal point. We are all wired to seek recognition and praise. Once you’ve experienced some form of acclaim, you want more. Glory is addictive and we are weak. I can understand what a performer or athlete experiences when their time has past. Old Satan must have been buzzing in John the Baptist’s ear, “Don’t step aside! Look at all these people. They want you, not Jesus.”

Will we step aside for the Christ?

Room to Chat: Confess sinner! You’ve eaten fast food. And you’ve used the drive-up window to order because you were in a hurry. Go straight to dietician hell… okay… I’ll confess. I love In-N-Out Burgers. And I always have to wait in the drive-thru line because everyone else loves them, too. As I watch the digital clock in the window tick away telling me how long it’s taking between orders, I could have a chat with God. 

Stewardship – Good News for January 6

6 01 2009

Ephesians 3

If, as I suppose, you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit, (namely that) the mystery was given to me by revelation as I have written briefly earlier. which was not made known in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, that the Gentiles are coheirs and members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

The Daily Path: If our primary purpose is to love God and each other, why is so much energy spent on finding fault with “other” religions? Whether Muslim, Jew, Christian or Catholic, aren’t all of these faiths rooted in the God of Abraham? It seems to me that our time is better spent in the stewardship of God’s love and mercy than searching for some difference that divides. 

Room to Chat: Have you ever considered a traffic stop light as God’s little trick to give you an opportunity to say hello to Him? You can sit there and grumble for 60 seconds, or you can use that short time to have a little conversation with God. “Father, I’m stuck at this stop light in your kingdom on earth, but your name IS great and I want to do Your will today…”