Saturday, September 5, 2015

Heal me... to hear and to speak

MARK 7:31-37
Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, "Ephphatha," that is, "Be opened." And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, "He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."

you who 
heal with a touch,
heal with a word,
heal in private,
heal with fingers in ears,
heal with spit,
heal with a tongue...

Open my ears
to hear your voice
the voice of God
the voice of my neighbor
calling out in pain
crying out in silence
grieving, numb, depressed,
lost in darkness, addiction, despair.

Release my tongue
to speak plainly
to my neighbor
of your love,
your grace,
your forgiveness,
your comfort,
your peace,
of the difference you make in my life
this day and every day.

heal me.
You do everything well.
Make this deaf one hear.
Make this mute one speak.
May it be so today.

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