August 19, 2017

The Dusty Hem

August 19, 2017

Daily Reading (Click to read each Scripture)
Genesis 42:1-28
Matthew 14:34-36
Psalm 133
This week’s sermon text: Romans 2:1-7, 11-16

Field Notes
If you heard that a holy man was in your neighborhood, what would be your first reaction? Would your first thought be for your sick family member or for a neighbor? Perhaps you are in need of healing and wonder if this man can help.

You may already have heard the he multiplied 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread to feed 5000 people who had come to hear him teach.

Someone (nobody knows who, for certain) said that he walked on water last night. His men had left the shore without him, but during the night he joined them by walking on the surface of the lake.

People from your town are already out in the road walking toward the place where the ‘teacher’, the healer will come.

You want to be healed. You want everyone for whom you care to be made well. So you spread the word further. You gather your friends and family and join the other townspeople on the road. As you near Jesus, you pray and bow down to brush your hand on the edge of his robe.

And all who touch the hem of his garment are healed.

Questions for the Field

  • What did you ask of Jesus?
  • What prayer did you whisper as you touched his robe?
  • What word of gratitude did you speak as he walked on, healing others?

Family Field Talk

  • Who is this man? Come up with 20 words of description for him.
  • Which words are closest to your heart?

Prayer Guide
Lord Jesus, we need you in this moment to heal our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. In all the fissures that you can find, infuse us with light and love. Mend us in places we did not know were broken. Become apparent in our circumstances. Turn our eyes and ears toward your presence so that we can have the faith to walk unafraid on water. Amen.