Thursday's Thought for Sunday's Service
February 1, 2018
This week's Thursdays Thought for Sunday's Service is based upon Mark 1:29-39:
“As soon as they left the synagogue, they went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her. So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door, and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was. Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” (Mark 1:29–39, NIV)
Within this collection of verses, we read about a flurry of activity. After healing Simon’s mother-in-law the day before, Jesus and the disciples were off to “somewhere else – to the nearby villages” to preach there also. It’s a style of writing that describes events in rapid succession. It leaves one with a breathless feeling, imagining ongoing, ceaseless activity, indicating a higher purpose.
What’s also clear is how Jesus took time to step aside, if only briefly, for prayer. It’s suggestive of his motivation, determination… a moment of renewal, revealing his source of strength.
In our own lives, when starting to flag during a busy schedule, a change of pace, a pause, a resetting thru prayer, can be a great aid. A prayer can certainly be offered during any time of day. We note in this passage that Jesus’ prayerful moment came in the early morning.
Don't be afraid to take time, pause and pray.
even though the whole wide world seems to weigh
from bleating, crying out with ceaseless neigh.
Find a time and place that is familiar and fond
approaching the one who will listen and respond
with a language of wisdom, healing… and beyond.
Rev. Richard Wagner