Are you living your life with passion? Are you living your life with compassion? Are you living your life on purpose? Are you living your life with purpose? Are you living your life with vision? Are you living your life with a mission? Are you living your life to make a difference? Are you seeing opportunities to help in the healing process? As the year closes how will you make a difference? As a new year is arrive how will you plan to make a difference in the new year? Are you willing to make it personal? Are you willing to meet people right where they are at with respect, dignity, and love?
Today’s reading comes to use from Mark 5:
Jesus Heals a Man with a Demon
1They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gerasenes. 2And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. 3He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, 4for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.”10And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.
14The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 16And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. 17And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region.18As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.19And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.
Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’s Daughter
21And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24And he went with him.—Mark 5 (ESV)
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?'” 32And he looked around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
35While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Imagine being the woman and how the encounter with Jesus transformed her life. Imagine how her faith moment would have grown from believing to seeing the miraculous healing of her body. Imagine being the man and how his encounter with Jesus transformed his life. Imagine learning how God’s timing is perfect and that what we might consider a delay might be another opportunity to witness a miracle. Imagine learning how God’s purpose is greater than our ways when Jesus not only restored his daughter but also restored the life of the woman on the way to his house. What about you? Have you had a Jesus encounter that has transformed your life? Are you living that transformed life that others may come to know Jesus?
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Acts of Charity on the subject of Talitha Koum Institute. Checking out the organization, I found that their mission is:
In a context of loving relationship, and using research-based therapeutic intervention, Talitha Koum partners with parents to raise children who are intellectually capable, emotionally resilient and prepared to be contributing members of the community.—About Talitha Koum Institute
I also learned that they have programs for MENTAL HEALTH THERAPEUTIC NURSERY, EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM, and PARENTING PROGRAM. Today’s devotional points to how today’s reading was the core inspiration for this ministry and organization. Today’s story of healing and compassion inspired the mission of Talitha Koum Institute in Waco, TX. Today’s devotional teaches us how the institute works with at-risk infants and children who are living in multigenerational poverty. We learn how they define their purpose as we read above from their mission statement. We learn in the closing of today’s devotional how they got their name from the Aramaic words found in Mark 5:41
‘Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” ‘—Mark 5:41
We also learn as the devotional closes that the institute has helped children from difficult situations and backgrounds to obtain higher test scores, better grades, lower truancy rates, and reduced behavioral issues.
Let’s stop and consider how we can make a difference. Let’s stop and consider who God’s Word may motivate us to step up and step out and help. Let’s stop and pray for wisdom and guidance not only for the idea but also for the passion, the wisdom, and the direction to make it so. Let’s also ask for others who can come alongside us to support the vision that God is bringing into our lives. Let’s prepare to be the person God has created us to be.
Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God
Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…
Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord for allowing me to be a part of Your purpose and Your plan. I thank You Lord for reminding the importance and power of faith, perseverance, and trust in You. I thank You Lord for Your Word that never returns void. I thank You Lord for Your Word that is alive and speaks truth in love forever. Lord, I thank You for my children and the heart to serve children be it through giving of time and resources, serving and ministering, or leading and going that You have been and continue to be able to work in and through me for the better of others. Help me Lord as this year is coming to and end to reflect on this past year and to get a new vision for what it is You will have me do in this new year to come. Give me vision on those who will serve alongside me. Give me vision on those who will lead with me. Give me vision for things that can be improved or changed in order to better serve the youth. I give this all into Your hands as I take this time away from work to focus on You and my family and friends so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.