485Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 3, 2007
- Jun 3, 2007Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 3, 2007
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As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Many are healed
"And when Jesus entered Peter's house, Jesus saw
Peter's mother-in-law lying sick with a fever;
he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and
she rose and served him. That evening they brought
to him many who were possessed with demons; and he
cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all
who were sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken
by the prophet Isaiah, 'He took our infirmities and
bore our diseases.'"
Before becoming an ordained minister, I worked for
sixteen years as a registered nurse in many
emergency rooms and outpatient clinics full of
waiting, sick people and their families. Often
children would be crying. Some times some were
unable to get a bathroom in time and were sitting
in soiled clothing. Others struggled with
schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders.
Feverish people would often be wet with perspiration
and their skin would feel hot to the touch. Often
they were exhausted and dehydrated by their raging
fevers. I remember the smells and sights of sick,
lame, abandoned, hopeless, and discouraged people.
Many could only hope for a moment of relief. Cures
were humanly impossible for those in advanced stages
of terminal illness.
I bring all these memories with me as I read these
four verses and marvel at the images in my mind.
Jesus understands illness. He took up our
infirmities and carried our diseases. He is
amazing. He understands our human sufferings.
Perhaps our response to him should be similar to
Peter's mother-in-law. In her gratitude, she began
to humbly serve Jesus in the only way she knew how.
She began to linger in his presence while delighting
in his voice, touch, and companionship. She is a
timeless model of servant leadership for us today.
God, help us serve Jesus Christ with gratitude like
that expressed by Peter's mother-in-law. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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