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Seeing Jesus

October 23, 2015

The gospel reading this week is from Mark 10:46-52 - the story of Bartimaeus, “a blind beggar”, a man of faith who was bold enough to cry out to Jesus and ask for what he needed. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” He cried out not just once, but twice. Even when people told him to be quiet, to stay in his place, he called out again. Even louder than the first time. “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Then something amazing happened. Jesus called for the man to come close. To come out of his usual place. To stand before Jesus. Bartimaeus did not have to be asked twice. “So throwing off his cloak [the sign that he was a beggar], he sprang up and came to Jesus.”

When Bartimaeus cried out, Jesus responded. When Jesus called, Bartimaeus responded.

Bartimaeus cried out in faith and responded in faith.

Bartimaeus knew something that perhaps others in the crowd that day - those that could see Jesus with their eyes - did not know: that Jesus has the power to heal, to make whole, to change us and make us fully alive. To transform us into a new creation, ready and willing to follow Jesus along the way to eternal life and freedom. To turn us from beggar into disciple.

Martin Luther said that we are all beggars before God. Though we are created in the image of God, still we all sin and fall short of the glory God intends for us and for the world. We are all broken and vulnerable, each in our own way, cast off to the side of the road, alone, in our usual place, sitting quietly. God wants better for us. God promises better.

Through the free gift of God’s grace, we have been justified (made right again with God) through faith alone in Christ Jesus alone. It is a gift - from God - through Jesus - to us. All. The gift of new life. Of relationship with God and with each other. Of well-being and peace.

Bartimaeus recognized this gift as Jesus was passing by him. Jesus passes by us all the time. Do we see the gift that he offers us? Do we accept the gift and - boldly - allow it to change us?


Enough is Plenty...Or is it?

August 26, 2015

Reflections on Feeding the Crowd and ADA25

One of my secret habits is reading obituaries in the newspapers. I do this most days - reading the life stories of people of all ages - who I may or may not know - is fascinating.  

Years ago I read of a man who had raised a large family. His motto, according to the obit, was “enough is plenty”. This phrase has stuck with me and I try to remember it whenever I am longing for more (of anything) in my life - I remind myself that I already have en...

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Come out!

February 4, 2015

But Jesus rebuked him (the uncleaned spirit), saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”

Mark 1:21-28

We all have them. Unclean spirits. That voice deep inside us - crying out and telling us we are not good enough - filling us with a sense of anger or hatred or disappointment or fear or unworthiness or shame. The list could go on. That voice deep inside us reminds us or our own brokenness and keeps us from being our best self - from being the person God has created us to be - from being f...

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Come and See

January 28, 2015

I have the great delight of leading worship every month with a group of faithful people. We gather together to sing, pray, hear the Word of God, talk together about what that Word means for our lives, then pray and sing some more. Sometimes we even laugh - out loud. Sometimes we get up and dance in the aisles with joy. After the service, we sit down and have supper together. Through these monthly shared acts, a community has developed - people have come to know and love and care for each othe...

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the hairs on our head

June 23, 2014

I remember a conversation that I had with a professor when I was in seminary. He said we needed to keep reminding God that we are present in the world as one who belongs to God. “Really?”, I thought to myself; “God needs to be reminded of that?” The class broke for lunch and, as was my habit, I walked into town to get something to eat, all the time pondering what the professor had said. By the time I returned to class, I had my thoughts straight.

I went up to the professor and said s...

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Created in the Image of God

June 15, 2014

“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said…and, indeed, it was very good.” Genesis 1

The first chapter of Genesis paints for us the beautiful picture of the triune God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - creating the heavens and the earth and all that they contain - the light and the dark; the sky and the dry land; all kinds of plants and vegetation; the sun and the moon and the stars; creatures in the wa...

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God's own people

May 19, 2014

My friend has challenged me to think about “existential neurosis”, a term that the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen, according to my friend, described as “the lingering doubt, fear, or thought that stalks us through the night, that says we have no real, intrinsic worth or value, and that life is meaningless”.

My friend believes that “existential neurosis” is “the major underlying factor for many forms of mental illness”; it is, he says, “a plague stalking mankind”.

I think, ...

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made right with God

March 21, 2014
The purpose of All Right Ministry is to encourage the church to recognize people of all abilities as full and active members of the body of Christ. We believe that God's promise of love and eternal love is for all people. All people are given unique gifts, to be used in the building up of God's kingdom on earth.

Another way to say it - God creates and loves us all. We all have God-given gifts (special skills, talents, abilities) which we can use to share God's love with other people and to mak...
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Susan Lindberg Haley, Diaconal Minister
c/o Peace Lutheran Church
107 Concord Rd.
Wayland, MA 01778