God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Monday, March 20, 2017

How Much Longer Must I Put Up With You

When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them. 15When the whole crowd saw him, they were immediately overcome with awe, and they ran forward to greet him. 16He asked them, ‘What are you arguing about with them?’ 17Someone from the crowd answered him, ‘Teacher, I brought you my son; he has a spirit that makes him unable to speak; 18and whenever it seizes him, it dashes him down; and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid; and I asked your disciples to cast it out, but they could not do so.’ 19He answered them, ‘You faithless generation, how much longer must I be among you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him to me.’ 20And they brought the boy to him. When the spirit saw him, immediately it threw the boy into convulsions, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21Jesus asked the father, ‘How long has this been happening to him?’ And he said, ‘From childhood. 22It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if you are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us.’ 23Jesus said to him, ‘If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.’ 24Immediately the father of the child cried out, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’ 25When Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, ‘You spirit that keep this boy from speaking and hearing, I command you, come out of him, and never enter him again!’ 26After crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, ‘He is dead.’ 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he was able to stand. 28When he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’ 29He said to them, ‘This kind can come out only through prayer.’ Mark 9:14-29
you faithless
how much longer must I be among you
how much longer must I put up with you

it started with an argument about why the boy was not healed
the lawyers, the crowd, the disciples arguing about healing
the congress, the doctors, the insurance company arguing about healing

yet the child is in need
he doesn't need a law tomorrow, six months from now, next year
he needs healing now
he needs to be free of seizures
he has already suffered for most of his childhood
he doesn't need your arguments about costs and freedom,
he doesn't need your arguments about competition and access
he doesn't need your arguments about subsidies and tax credits
he doesn't need your arguments about free markets and crossing state lines
he doesn't need your arguments
he needs healing

you faithless
how much longer must I be among you
how much longer must I put up with you

the father cries
if you are able do something
have pity on us
help us

you faithless
how much longer must I be among you
how much longer must I put up with you

the father knows
you the insurance company, you the congress, you the healthcare profession
are able
you can make him well
but you don't believe there is enough
enough money, enough time, enough competition, enough medicine
you don't believe that there is enough for him, for me, for us

you faithless
how much longer must I be among you
how much longer must I put up with you

I believe, help my unbelief
show the little boy
show him kindness, compassion, faith
show him that you care
that you believe everyone can and should be made well
show me that you care more about us than your principles, your politics, your theology, your party

you faithless
how much longer must I be among you
how much longer must I put up with you

 Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior


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