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“And the news about Him spread throughout Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and severe pain, demon-possessed, people with epilepsy, and people who were paralyzed; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and Jerusalem, and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan” (Matthew 4:24-25).

The world has always been filled with many who are in need.  The Lord went about healing.  He still does, but we often give Him no credit when He does heal.  Always keep in mind that this life is temporary but the life to come is forever.  Yes, live today, but also keep in mind tomorrow.  Know that the Gospel is not just for our community, but for the whole world.  That is why the Syrians came to Jesus.

Lord, I often keep a simple picture in my mind of how things were.  Life is always a bit more complex than I think.  Guide me to look more carefully at the world where I am so that, with sensitivity, I may minister to those around me.  Lead me in Your goodness and mercy to see that in You is my hope for the life to come.  Lead me also to be faithful in this life that You have given me here and now.

My Savior, You know what I need today.  Your Holy Spirit will speak to me, and my experience and thoughts will answer.  Lead me to listen to the Holy Spirit so that I may practice the obedience of faith in the struggles I have in this life.  I can do all things necessary if You lead me.  No matter what You ask me to do, help me to listen and obey as You direct me.  Aid me to reach out to others with the Good News of Your salvation.  Amen.