July 18

Mark 6:53-56

“When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.” vss. 54-55

Once Jesus had been identified as a healer, there was no holding back of the crowds. His plan to take a brief time away with his disciples went by the boards as the word spread about his ministry. Everywhere he went, as soon as his presence was noted, people brought the sick and the infirm–chances are they weren’t much interested in his preaching or teaching, but they were desperate for healing. That’s just the way it is. Even though we live in an era with magnificent medical facilities and thousands of skilled physicians, everyone still has health issues, and while some can skate through life pretty much unscathed, most people eventually are forced to deal with illness and disease. And when those health problems hit us or our family we’ll do anything we can to find a successful treatment. Some travel thousands of miles seeking cures, and when a disease like cancer comes we feel the urgency all the more. That’s still the reason many turn to prayer and call upon Jesus to give the healing they desire. Health issues remind us of our own mortality, and for many they are a signal to start “getting right with God.” Even though we know that one day we will die, most of us have a deep desire to live in good health as long as we can!

Thought for the Day: What is the connection between health and faith?

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