The wounds of people’s infirmities rarely escape Jesus’ notice and he was always ready to offer a healing touch. The woman in the story was walking around the church bend over, to see how the world looks from her vantage point.
How does it feel to walk that way?
What are the burdens that weigh you down and bend you over?
Take a deep breath and stand up straight, offering your burdens to God.
Stretch out your hands in praise to God, who declares you have been “set free!”
Feel the tightness and pain, in your heart and on your body parts. Breathe in and breathe out slowly. Each time you exhale feel the pleasant soothing sensation you have in Lord Jesus Christ.
Slowly and deeply inhale and exhale. From what all things does God want to set you free today, to stand upright to work for him and praise his mercies?
Jesus was amazed by the faith of the Canaanite woman and her daughter was instantly healed.
The physical and practical nature of Jesus’ ministry is remarkable. Not only does he teach deep truths, but he also heals people who are sick or disabled and take time to feed a crowd of hungry people.
In what ways can we minister to people- caring for the “whole person”- as Jesus did?
To whom might we reach out today?
In the story of healing the paralytic, there were two categories of people around Jesus; those who were ‘hearing God’s words’ (they think they are close to God and listening to the Word!) but indirectly ‘blocking’ the needy from reaching God. The second category is those who helped the paralytic to reach God; those who are helping the needy to reach God.
Who are we?
Are we blocking (directly or indirectly) the needy from reaching God?
Are we helping the ‘needy’ to reach God to receive healing and blessings?