Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
In my mind’s eye, I can picture the two blind men, sworn chums because of their mutual dark affliction, following along on the edges of the group travelling around the Capernaum area with Jesus that day. Their bravado and underlying hesitancy remind me of my many young-men nephews, who similarly desire healing but are unsure how to ask for it; they also remind me of myself, when I deeply desire healing but feel too awkward or too unsure of myself to even ask Jesus for this favour. Like the two blind (young?) men, I need to follow Jesus into the privacy of his house in order to gather the courage and muster the faith to ask him to (bother to) heal me of specific ‘blindness-es’, or dark places, in my being. When I do make the effort to follow Jesus into the recesses of his nearer presence, he asks me, as he asked the two blind men, “Do you believe that I am able to do this healing for you?” When I can answer, like them, a full-hearted ‘Yes, Lord,’ then Jesus touches that infirmity that I have exposed to him, and says to me, “According to your faith let it be done to you,” and he heals me. Where in my being am I blind, and need to have my ‘eyes opened’, to be healed? I come to you, Lord Jesus, to ask for healing. Holy Spirit of God, help me follow Jesus into his house and ask for healing.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom (or what) shall I fear? (Is 27:1)
Come into my heart, Lord Jesus,
There is room in my heart for Thee.
Emily S. Elliot, 1864
See My Heart Christ’s Home by Robert Boyd Munger in PDF here: https://www.usna.edu/Navigators/_files/documents/MHCH.pdf
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.