And Simon and his companions hunted for him [Jesus].
When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.”
Jesus’ ministry is filled with moments of healing of body, mind, and spirit. It seems wellness was of utmost importance to Jesus. Where do we turn for healing? How might God’s presence change the nature of the healing we seek?
Sunday’s Worship Music
The traditional services feature the hymn On Eagle’s Wings (ELW 787). Jesus raises up the feverish woman in Mark, the exiled people in Isaiah are promised restoration, the psalmist gives thanks to God for raising the lowly, and we sing of a God who will raise up yet more people. Who are the lowly among us that God is raising up?
The New Day Praise service features the worship song is Jesus Messiah. The music highlights how we are lifted up by our Lord as seen from a sample of the lyrics: “Jesus Messiah, name above all names, Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven Jesus Messiah, Lord of all.”
In need of healing?
For Your Home Devotions:
Thinking about a time that you were suffering from an illness, what was the healing process like? Where did you experience the presence of God?
Thinking about a time that you offered care to someone who was ill or hurting, how did you make a difference? Where did you experience the presence of God?
After being very present to people in need, Jesus retreated to be alone and pray. How do you find space to retreat? In what ways do you take time for conversations with God?