Encounter

Dearly Beloved, Grace and Peace to you.                     As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stood still and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; get up, he is calling you." So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said to him, "My teacher, let me see again." Jesus said to him, "Go; your faith has made you well." Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.          —Mark 10.46-52

Beside the way where others rush so madly, stop.          •

Allow that you cannot see all that you need to see.          •

Call out the Beloved's name, boldly, and with reverence.          •

Many voices will try to silence or discourage you. Practice ignoring them.          •

Trust the Beloved to listen.          •

Throw off your cloak and run to the Beloved, who awaits you.          •

Listen: the humble servant looks into your eyes and asks, “What do you want me to do for you?”          •

Wait. Stay with the question, with the questioner.          •

Let an answer come from deep within. And a deeper one.          •

Even in the waiting, your hope has made you well.          •

Notice how you go a new way.          •                     Deep Blessings, Pastor Steve

__________________ Steve Garnaas-Holmes Unfolding Light www.unfoldinglight.net

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