Daily reading: Mark 5:21-43
Wednesday January 27, 2016

Daily focus: They laughed at him, but he threw them all out.  Then, taking the child’s parents and his disciples with him, he went to the room where the child was.  Taking her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means, “Young woman, get up.” Mark 5:40-41

I don’t think the crowds thought that Jesus was able to do anything for the dying girl. They probably dismissed Jairus’ request as one of a dad who had no other options before him. 

Many probably assumed that Jesus followed Jairus to his home because of who Jairus was and not because of whom Jesus was. 
They probably didn’t believe that Jesus was actually going there to do something other than to mourn with the family when the girl died. 

The crowd reminds us of those times when we say out loud or to ourselves “that’s not going to work.”  Jesus was coming to bring life to a literally dead situation and the crowd laughed.  How often do we dismiss the vision of others and the ability of God to breathe resurrection?

Prayer: God help me to believe when it is near impossible to believe.  For the situations in my life where I can’t see a way around or forward, give me vision.  Amen.


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