A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is: The members of our congregation who have drifted apart, that they may re-engage with our community of faith and experience God’s love.
Scripture: John 9:1-17
Key Verses: 5-7 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.
Reflection: This has always been one of my favorite healing stories. It has nothing to do with the healing and everything to do with the spit. Jesus heals a man, blind from birth, with his spit and some dirt. Jesus mixed his spit with the dirt of creation, and the dirt to which we will return, and brought healing. Amazing!
The blind man received sight and began to see everything around him in a new light. As his eyes were opened, he was brought into a new relationship with his healer. His story shows us how we may be blind to the world around us.
The good news is that when we walk in darkness, we have the light of Christ to show us the way out. The light of Christ shines, and gives us the power to be more than the darkness, more than the dirt from which we have come.
Prayer: God, you are always moving in this world. May I not be so cynical that I dismiss your word that might be light or healing. If you can work through spit, who knows what else you can use in this world! In the name of your creative and life-giving Son I pray. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].