Jacksonville Presbyterian Church in St Johns FLIn the Gospel of Mark, we read a touching story about Jesus healing Peter’s mother in-law. Mark tells us, “The fever left her, and she began to serve them.” It’s interesting. As she was healed, she immediately began to serve others.

Reflecting on this passage, Rev. Frank Hegedus reflects, “When we are ready to help others in their need and focus once again outside ourselves we will know that we too have been cured. We will no longer be slaves to our hurts and resentments. We will at last be made whole. And we shall live.”

I would only add, that sometimes it is in the very act of reaching out to serve others that the healing process in our own lives actually begins. In either case, there is no doubt, our own healing and wholeness is tied up in reaching out to others in need.

In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes:

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

Let us pray: God of Hope, we all know what it is like to go through hard times. Some of us even now are in the midst of deep affliction. We ask for your healing grace. And even as we are being healed, give us the strength and ability to serve and care for others who are in need. We thank you for your faithfulness to us; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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