Thought For the Day: 

They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. ~Mark 7:32

From this Sunday's Gospel reading we hear about two people that are healed, the daughter of a Syrophoenician woman and the deaf man who has a speech impediment. The two people that are healed are not the ones who ask for help from Jesus alone but are supported by their family and friends. The demon is released from the daughter after her mother asks Jesus for help on her daughter's behalf. The deaf man is brought to Jesus by his friends who beg for his help and healing. In these two stories it is not the faith of those who need help that brings about their healing but the active faith of their friends and family. This is a reminder for us to help, care, and pray for those who are struggling. 

We need each other! It has always bothered me when some people decide not to come to church when things are not going well in their lives and later come when things are better. My hope is that church is the first place people go when life is not going well. My prayer for you, those yet to come, and those we serve is that church is a place where we can let our hair down, a place where we think about going when life is bumpy, and a place where we know that we will be held up in time of need. Our faith community is important and it has the ability to hold others up so they do not fall. It has the ability to believe in Jesus when others cannot. It has the ability to speak on behalf of others who cannot speak for themselves. 

My family and I have felt your hands holding us up in the midst of much transition. We are more than grateful for your care and support. I thank God for this faithful community and encourage you to keep sharing that support, hospitality, and welcome to everyone that comes through the doors of Bethany Lutheran Church. 

In Christ's Peace,
Pastor Cathy