As part of Lent, our church has been doing daily “Overflow” devotionals from NT Wright. Today’s really struck me. It was on Mark 10:46-52. The blind man to whom Jesus restores sight.
The “oh that’s so good; help me remember that Jesus” moment was in the exposition of what the man asked was the “big” thing - the thing we shy away from sometimes in my prayers. The thing that I’m not sure if God can really do.
The end of the devotional says this, “Bartimaeus follows Jesus, Mark says, on the way: well, of course he would. ‘The way’ is one of the slogans the early Christians used for their new movement. Bartimaeus was already on it; once you really tell Jesus what you really want, and he really does it for you, you don’t have a choice.”
We are shocked at what happened yesterday. Innocents slaughtered. Tomorrow we are to light the pink candle – the Joy candle. Really? Peace. Hope. Joy. Love. These words seem so distant, like a memory of when we were little.
It is the Lord who speaks in today’s text – Rachel’s voice is heard. When we lament, God listens and acts toward us in perfect love. And God hears the cries of children everywhere – Somalia, Syria, Afghanistan. Just after today’s story in Matthew 2, John the Baptist appears and Jesus’ ministry begins – the hope bringer. These huge words of Advent don’t always happen for us; sometimes they happen through us. We carry hope to someone who needs it. Who can you bring hope to today?
- David Burroughs