Morning: Psalm 137:1-6, 144; Micah 7:1-11; I Peter 4:7-19
A crowd tries to silence two blind men who call to Jesus for mercy. Jesus ignores the crowd and, out of compassion, heals the blind men. Isn’t it the crowd that’s really blind? Compassion sees suffering and responds with mercy. Some in the crowd probably do see. But compassionate action takes courage … you may have to go against the crowd. Fear can blind you. Is there some fear that keeps you from seeing where you need to act with mercy? Is there some crowd mentality – fitting in, being accepted, being liked – from which you need to break free?
Morning: Psalm 37:1-18; Daniel 5:13-30; I John 5:13-20Evening: Psalm 37:19-42; Luke 5:1-11 Fishing for people never appealed to me. The song said we would become “fishers of men” if we followed Jesus. This did not persuade me to want to follow him – I would not want to be ‘caught’; nor, I thought, would others. But my imagination and heart, on the other hand, were captivated, even captured, by this mysterious man from Galilee. Now, he used his fishers metaphor to call fishermen. He may call an engineer to build bridges to people’s hearts; an artist, to colour the world; a mother, to give birth to truth. To what does Jesus call you?