There was an article in Science Times in early 2010 about the communicative and healing power of touch that became one of the site's most emailed articles. As the Times noted, touch can ease pain, lift depression and even possibly increase the odds that a team will win. Researchers discovered that babies who are not held, nuzzled, and hugged enough can stop growing, and if the situation lasts long enough, even die. Jesus understood touch. Today Nancy explores some of Jesus’ interactions in chapter 7 of Mark.
Let's clarify. Of course He wants you to have joy in your life, and happiness too for that matter. But I think we've all heard the expression, typically when someone wants to do whatever it is they want to do, regardless of the circumstances. So what is it that God does want? Let's listen to the events of Mark, chapter 6.
(Ok ok; so it's "Upon whom do you depend?" Let's not get picky). Anyhow, the last time you sat on a chair, how long did it hold you up? At least through dinner I hope. Now, that's faith. Let's listen.
When was the last time you covered your eyes when hearing someone say something; probably never I guess. Maybe you'd cover your ears if you didn't want to listen to some terrible news. Today we're in Chapter 5 (starting at the end of 4) of Mark's gospel; the parable of the sewer and the seed. It's a sermon you've heard more times than you can count, if you've spent a good part of your life in church. Today, Nancy is focusing on a different slant; the ears of your heart.
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