Mark 1:29-31

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Ida Medlin.

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. Mark 1:29-31

To whom do we go for reliable information and reasonable answers to our personal dilemmas? In this narrative, the disciples quickly sought out Jesus who immediately healed this woman and enabled her to resume her appointed role in her family.

Today, astounding breakthroughs in medical technology and miracle drugs are coupled with sobering caveats or disturbing side effects. There are no dangerous side effects with Jesus! Jesus, a man of action, did not hesitate to help this woman, yet at times, we wait till the last minute to seek his council. Is it our mindset that “God helps those who help themselves” or that our problems are too insignificant to warrant his attention?

We often hear people say: “we tried everything and nothing worked, so all we can do now is pray.”

The hymn: “Borning Cry” says it all: “I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old… When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes, I’ll be there as I have always been, with just one more surprise.”

God, through Jesus, is our blessed sanctuary, the only constant in this world; our infinite source of strength, security, wisdom and peace. Follow the disciples’ lead and ask for God’s help, first!

Let us pray: Blessed Savior, remind us to include you in every facet of our lives for you were with us at our beginning and will shepherd us to the end. You are the Alpha and Omega, timeless, unchanging and enduring and will never leave us comfortless. Amen.


2 Responses to “Mark 1:29-31”

  1. Steve Montgomery Says:

    How odd that you should reference “Borning Cry” – that song has been running thru my head for the last week or so – it’s not even one of my favorites – coincidence? – I think not! We all need to realize Jesus is with us always – if only we could put that knowledge into practice.

  2. Carolee Groux Says:

    Acts 10:38 “Now God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”
    And God will be steadfast and remain with us now and forever, a source of strength and healing if we but call upon Him.

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