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Sunday, October 24, 2021


Mark 10:46-52

They came to Jericho, and as Jesus was leaving with his disciples and a large crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus son of Timaeus was sitting by the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus! Son of David! Have mercy on me!” Many of the people scolded him and told him to be quiet. But he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man. “Cheer up!” they said. “Get up, he is calling you.” So he threw off his cloak, jumped up, and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. “Teacher,” the blind man answered, “I want to see again.” “Go,” Jesus told him, “your faith has made you well.” At once he was able to see and followed Jesus on the road. Mark 10:46-52 (GNT)

This familiar story from the Bible feels like everything we need to know about pursuing our God.  Everything a blind man did should be a lesson to our own story.  Bartimaeus had the faith to cry out to Jesus in a crowded area to have mercy on him.  He  dropped his cloak to go follow him even though he was blind and could not see his healing ways.  Here is a man that couldn’t even see Jesus but believed in His power to heal him even when the people “shushed him.” He went against the people to seek Jesus.  What faith it must have taken to ignore the crowds and distractions around him to pursue a relationship with Jesus.  This story is so exciting to me as a believer that all things are possible through Christ.  God never changes, God is constant and everlasting.  God is there when we call out His name. God will be there for you.

The most powerful prayer Bartimaeus taught me is “Jesus, have mercy on me!”  I’ve used this prayer over and over again through tough times.  He has shown up to comfort me in times when I felt anguished.  Praise the Lord for healing powers, for I feel healed!

Questions for Reflection:

  • What or who has been a distraction in your faith?
  • When was there a time you went against the crowds to seek our God?


Dear Merciful God,
Lord, have mercy on me.  Thank you for bringing Jesus to our earth to show us the ways you heal.  Let us have spiritual sight to follow you without distractions and noise around us.  I will keep my eyes on you and trust in you that I will recover. I give you all that I am and rest in your peace. Amen


Posted by Cindy Braun

I’ve been a member of Southwood for over twenty years and love the servant hearts of our church. I’ve enjoyed traveling on mission trips with the youth group and to Honduras. I’m a first grade teacher and love being outdoors, decorating, and exercising. I enjoy spending time with my two children, family, and friends.

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