They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
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There is a tenderness and wisdom that this story of Jesus carries into our story today. A deaf man is brought to Jesus. Whoever the "they" are that brought him to Jesus begged for the man's restoration to health. We don't know if this was a healing challenge by strangers or good friends of the man. Immediately Jesus focused on the deaf man, turned away from the crowd, and away from what must have been a confusing scene. And then, Jesus healed him and communicated with him taking into consideration the man's limitations. Jesus used a language he could understand - touch, taste, sight and breathed a prayer with a sigh. There are days when I want to grab the world and shake it into openness and righteousness. There are days when I remember that God is doing that in, around and through us....one person at a time.
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Who am I, Lord, to question your methods especially when I count so heavily on them for my own soul? Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
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