Still thinking of the father of the demon-possessed boy. We don't know how old his son was but let's say the boy was about 18. Jesus asked how long the boy was sick. The man said since he was a child. The man had to endure past all the old memories, past all the theologians who were more concerned with their spiritual rightness, past kind-hearted would-be healers that failed.
I think of the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' garment. She had to keep enduring even past her own self-loathing, past the rejection of her own God who in her own religion called her unclean. She had to endure being poor. She had forgotten what it was like to be well.
The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong. God's grace is perfected in weakness. The Gospel is preached to the poor and to the lowly. Someone who once knew what a glorious life was can always remember what life was like. So he can aim for that old life again. But the man with the demon-possessed boy could not remember his boy ever being well. He had to endure past that unseen, past that impossibility...to trust God. It's easy to endure and believe and run the race when you have some inkling of what the answered prayer might look like (because you have some experience of it) But to endure when you don't know what your healed boy would look like....well, that is endurance. -C
- ► 2017 (16)
- ► 2015 (32)
- ► 2014 (63)
- ► 2013 (80)
- ► 2012 (119)
- ► 2011 (198)
- ► 2010 (156)
- ► 2009 (499)
- Notes on the Miracles of our Lord
- 4th Annual Wiconi Wacipi
- Dreams, earthly and divine
- The Golden Chain
- Christy Award Winners and Nominees announced
- Presently Fighting a Writer's Block
- sheep in the middle of wolves
- The Lord's ways
- The Testimony God gave about the Devil
- The wrath to come
- True Religion vs Man's Traditions
- Confusion, double-mindedness
- Scripture Twisting
- The anime Jesus
- Just Enough
- Christ the Healer
- Cain's Wife
- Great missionary books by a great missionary write...
- Temptation Redux
- Committing to the vision
- Counterphobic Networking
- the tao of belief
- dreams, visions, and strange events -- the courtca...
- My sheep hear my voice
- Being Fat and Black
- Demon Possessed boy Part II
- Answered verse by verse -- two books I really love...
- the demon-possessed boy
- Interpretations and Translations
- Hannah Whitall Smith and Horatio Spafford
- Emily Dotson
- Healings and the Great Commission
- Returning to one's vomit
- ▼ July (36)
- ► 2007 (102)
Here is a Bible study I wrote once. Instead of simply writing a long article, I simply listed some of the many questions God asks in the Bi...
William Lau of the Elijah Challenge does a rally great job talking about the priestly authority, the kingdom authority, and the prophetic au...
Is there a right way to read it? Should the books be read in any particular order? Most Churches have printed guides which help parishioner...
Once Jesus was praying in a certain place. After he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John ta...
This prayer was written by Rich Keltner: Right now, In the Name of the Lord Jesus and by the power of His Blood, I ask the blood o...
I once had a white friend in my writer’s critique group ask me, “Why do you always write about mixed couples? That’s a very bad habit of you...
Am getting back into The Constant Tower. WOW!!! It's so good to be back into a fantastical world. The nobility, the beauty, the angst --...
Hi all: I'm up today for the spec-fic blog hop: Thanks to Jessica Rydill , author of Malarat and Children of the Shaman for ...
Types of Bible Studies: Bible studies may be done singly or as a series. 1. A Bible Study Series can be thematic. Thematic articles can...
Yesterday, early-early, I opened my computer: you were there. A glimpse, merely But later, all my thoughts were of you. II Men should...