Mark 10:47,51,52 – When [Bartimaeus] heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see."
"Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

Jesus takes the time to heal blind Bartimaeus when he cries out for mercy. The Son of God, surrounded by endless requests and wearied by miles of walking, looked need squarely in the face and asked, "What do you want me to do for you?" He saw the burden another carried and offered to help with the load. Despite his own worries about the upcoming events in Jerusalem he takes the time to help all who ask. Throughout the New Testament, he feeds people, he provides wine for a wedding, he drives evil spirits out of people, he heals lame people, he calms storms, he fills fish nets, he teaches people, and he even revives them from the dead. But his ultimate service was begun in the Garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed, "Not my will, but yours be done", and was fulfilled less than 12 hours later on Golgotha when he uttered, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do." Jesus, our Master, the ultimate servant, laid down his life for those who choose to serve him.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank you for all the times you have served me. Help me to be grateful and humble. Help me to model your service to others even when I'm tired, impatient or otherwise occupied. Remind me why I'm here on earth – to give glory to you. Amen.

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Sandra Barbeau
Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada

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