The story in the Bible for this week is found in Mark 10: 46-52. It is the story of a man named Bartimaeus. He couldn’t see trees or flowers or even his own parents or friends because Bartimaeus was blind. One day as he sat begging beside the road, he heard the sound of a large crowd of people coming his way. He asked someone what was happening, and they told him that Jesus was passing by. Bartimaeus had heard of Jesus and about how He had healed many who were blind. He began to call out to Jesus. Others in the crowd tried to get Bartimaeus to be quiet, but he would not be silent.
Jesus heard the voice of Bartimaeus calling out to Him, so Jesus stopped and asked, “What do you want Me to do for you?”
“Teacher, I want to see!” said Bartimaeus.
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” The Bible tells us that immediately, Bartimaeus received his sight. You can just imagine how happy and grateful Bartimaeus was to Jesus.
This week, you have homework – no, not the math or reading kind, but something just as important! We all know someone who is sick. This week I would like for you to pray for them and ask Jesus to make them feel better. Not everyone gets healed like Bartimaeus, but Jesus is always with anyone who is sick and will help them to get through their illness and feel better. Take a few minutes every day this week and pray to Jesus to help them cope with their illness and if possible for them to be healed. You can tell them or keep it a secret; it is up to you.
Let’s say our prayer together. Dear Jesus, please help those who are sick to always know You are with them even in their illness. We know not everyone can be completely healed, but everyone can talk to You and know You are with them always. In Your holy name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church and the Middleport First Presbyterian Church.