Two Sundays ago, I invited you to kneel with me at the bright edge of the garden, and pray for the hidden and outward growth of the Kingdom—growth that only God gives, and that becomes a visible expression of the presence, provision, and purposes of Jesus. (Mark 4:26-32)
This past Sunday, Mark’s story of Jesus muzzling the wind and sea focused our faith-full prayer on the King of the Kingdom—the One who has both the compassion and the authority to effect the greatest good in our lives. We have confidence in Jesus because he acts in our history, revealing his trustworthy love and power. (Mark 4:35-41)
This Sunday, we’ll hear from Mark two stories about people expressing this faith. One is a hidden, suffering outcast sneaking up on Jesus from behind. The other is a public, grieving leader falling at Jesus’ feet in full view of everyone. Both are seeking the seemingly impossible; both are desperate. And what also strikes me about both is that they are people of action—their faith is not wishful thinking, but active hope expressed through risky decisions. The result is an experience of the compassion and authority of Jesus. (Mark 5:21-43)
What risky decisions might be an expression of our faith-full prayers as we kneel, asking for the growth of the Kingdom in Immanuel and our neighborhoods?
Your Pastor in Christ,