The late Professor Fred Craddock tells of a personal experience he once had. “I went to see a woman from our church who was ill and facing surgery. I went to see her in the hospital. Now, she had never been in the hospital before and this was major surgery. I walked in and there she was – a nervous wreck, and she started crying. She wanted me to pray with her, which of course I did. (And I noticed) by her bed there was a stack of books and magazines. (People, Cosmopolitan, Oprah Magazine), stuff about celebrities and silly things like that. She just had a stack of them there, and she was a wreck. And it occurred to me, there was not one calorie in that whole stack of reading to help her through this experience. She had no place to dip down into a reservoir and come up with something that might reinforce her faith. Not a word, a phrase, a thought, an idea, a memory, nothing. Just empty. On the other hand, how marvelous is the life of the person who, like a wise homemaker, when the berries and fruits are ripe, puts them away in jars and stores them in the pantry. Then when the ground outside is cold, icy, and barren and nothing seems alive, she can go into the pantry and bring out what she’s saved. And it’s summertime, even in the winter, at her family’s table. How blessed is that person.” And shouldn’t we be asking ourselves the obvious question, “Am I like that woman in the hospital? Or do I have a reservoir of faith like the suffering, blind Bartimaeus that I can draw on when times get tough?”
Scripture Reading: Mark 10:50-52a
“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.”
What do you want Jesus to do for you?
What do you draw upon during tough times?
Why does your faith matter?
Prayer: Holy God, you bless me with opportunity to draw upon your presence. Let my faith be strong so I can live well. Amen.