Look for more of these daily devotionals under the tag: “Inviting God In”
This is #3 on p.22 (The book’s called Inviting God In by Joyce Rapp — you can kindle it if you want it)
Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them. Matthew 15:30
I did Catholic school for the first 8 years. I’ve always assumed I was sent because my cousins were already attending so at least I’d know people there. I was never baptized. All I really recall out of the religion classes were the parables and stories we’d read. Usually there’d be something regarding the miracles of healing but I think I was already an atheist by the age of 8 and never put much credence to the tales being non-fiction.
(There used to be this show on TV called Circle Square — I knew their mailing address better than I knew my own. It was a religious themed Saturday morning show and they had cute cartoons for the parables, too. But I digress.)
So while the stories promote Jesus as being this major miracle man bringing back the dead, making the lame walk and the blind see, what’s Rapp’s thoughts on what He can do for us today?
Advent…is a good time to pause and ask: What is there within my life that I need to bring to the feet of Jesus for healing? Has part of my life gone lame? Has my enthusiasm waned?
My interest wanes in terms of quoting more of that, but you get the idea. Rather than look at herself and her ability to solve her own problems, she wants someone else to do it. Pretty lame, Milhouse. Gravity can move a slinky down a slope, but you still have to start the slinky. Also, the examples she uses aren’t dismemberment or disease level. It’s more like, “I’m bored, Jesus. Fix it.”
Hardly the most satisfying solution to a problem, if you ask me.
Next up – Listen carefully to find the way