Prayer: Lord Jesus, lead me through your Word. Amen.
31 so that the crowd was amazed
Our devotion writer remembers a visit to Kartchner Caverns. These caverns like many others were formed by volcanic action and the power of water. Water which surges through rock and sediment which create delicate formations of stalactites and stalagmites and carved sandstone and rock floors and walls. The wonders of wonder nature, which we know as the work of our Creator.
I was moved to think about the power of water and time this year in the mountains of Washington State. I marveled at the rounded rocks in the Cle Elum river. Large rocks of granite rounded by years of rolling down the river pushed by rushing waters or by glaciers. But interspersed with the rounded rocks and boulders were jagged edged rocks which were new, not yet rounded off. Rocks that were placed there by landslide or earthquake, or volcanic activity.
And so our hearts are molded by God’s Spirit at work in us. This Living Water we know that comes from Jesus Christ. This power from God born in water which gives “everlasting life.” And as our devotion writer explains; “This living water cleanses us, renews us, and empowers us to grow in righteousness. Witness the power of water!”
I was distracted from today’s text which we have seen many times before, but which does not remind me of the power of water, or caverns. But it does relate the power of God in Christ Jesus, whose miracles healed and helped many of faith including the Canaanite Woman’s daughter. Like being amazed with the power of water in God’s creation, people were amazed at the healing power of Jesus, the Living Water.
Prayer: “Living Water, cleanse my heart so that your righteousness and goodness can flow through me. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Canaanite Woman’s Faith
21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her at all. And his disciples came and urged him, saying, “Send her away, for she keeps shouting after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “Woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Jesus Cures Many People
29 After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute, and many others. They put them at his feet, and he cured them, 31 so that the crowd was amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.