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."

Friday, March 17, 2017

Be Open

Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’ Mark 7:31-37
be open
Jesus traveled
he journeyed to his near neighbors
teaching, healing, preaching
he journeyed to his far neighbors
teaching, healing, preaching
he journeyed to those neighbors considered enemies
teaching, healing, preaching
he journeyed to those far neighbors considered enemies
teaching, healing, preaching

be open
Jesus had just argued with a mother
she challenged his belief that healing was only for a chosen few
she made him realize that he wasn't living up to his words
he had preached that there was nothing that came out of you that could separate you from God
he taught that there was nothing that goes into you that could make you evil
it was what came out of your mouth that separated you from God and others
she made him see that she was clean
she was human
she was someone that God loved

be open
people brought others for healing
some needed to have evil removed
some needed to be healed
some were lame
some were blind
today they brought to him
a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment
they asked Jesus to lay hands on him

be open
he couldn't hear
because he couldn't hear
he couldn't speak clearly
Jesus took him away from the crowd
he put his fingers in his ears
he spat and touched his tongue
he looked up to heaven and prayed
be open

be open
immediately
immediately
his ears were open and he could speak clearly

be open
are we willing to have our ears opened
to hear those things that don't fit with our preconceptions
to hear the voices of those different from us
to hear the pain of those who will be hurt by our actions or lack of action
to hear the cries of those in pain
to hear the voices of those who claim their humanity, their rights, their equality
to hear that which makes us uncomfortable
to hear how they have been helped, healed, given hope

be open
will you let Jesus touch you
will you let Jesus pray for you to be open
will you let Jesus heal you


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