And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. ~ Matthew 9:35 (ESV)
The previous CP post included this commentary:
As those trying to FULLY follow Christ’s example, we can hope to soothe the soul even if we can’t provide complete physical healing! Healing balms are available for us today in various forms – words of scripture; inspirational books like Jesus, Man of Joy; preaching; music; loving examples and many, many more.
Does a song spring to your mind while reading this?
After typing those words, the tune that seems a logical choice is There is a Balm in Gilead. The musical stylings can be soothing and so can the words:
Very freeing are the song lyrics, reminding us that there’s no need to compare our Christ-exampling abilities:
If you cannot preach like Peter,
if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus
PRAYER: Dear God, help us to be your people in what we do and say, being healing balms on earth, brightening the day…
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit…
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, August 1, 2021:
- 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a and Psalm 51:1-12
- Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and Psalm 78:23-29
- Ephesians 4:1-16
- John 6:24-35
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