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Prayer for Healing

    Lord God, heavenly Father, we ask you to have mercy on all those among our community of faith who are afflicted with illness and pain. Preserve their life, o Lord, and, if a way can be found in your eternal purposes, grant them relief from pains and healing from this illness.   Comfort them with the assurance of your love and presence and with the forgiveness of all their sins through the grace of your dear Son and our  Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Keep us all in your great love. Grant us those gifts of body and soul that we can bear. Finally, bring as out of this life of trials to the heavenly mansions of our eternal house, which have been prepared for us through the Work of our Savior and which have been promised to us by the Word of your truth. We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

 


 

Sermon Excerpt: Courage To See! Mark 10:46-52, Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor

 

Today’s gospel reading is a story about the restoration of sight, among other things, a story about one man who wanted out his own personal darkness and did everything in his power to gain the light. As such, it is a story that holds clues for those of us who want the same thing, clues that become apparent as we walk around in the story. For the sake of the story, say you are a disciple, any disciple, waking up to Jericho with a knot in your stomach. You did not sleep well; all thirteen of you were bedded down on the same rough pallet and the fellow to your right turned over every twenty minutes all night long. He knows what you know; that Jerusalem is just fifteen miles down the road and, unless you are waylaid, you will be there by dark. You are not sure what will happen there, but from what Jesus has said it sounds grim.

Not that you understand half of what he says. It is harder than you thought, this disciple business. When he asked you to follow him you thought he was headed for success - for high political office, at first, and then - if he is who you think he is - for the very throne of Israel. But lately he has been taking crazy, talking about dying and rising and being a servant. It is not what you expected, and you have thought more than once about going back home. But you love him, and the way he seems to love everyone he meets, never seeing crowds but always seeing people and reaching out to touch them, heal them, make them whole . . . Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript