“When he [Bartimaeus–a blind beggar] heard that Jesus the Nazarene was passing by, he began to cry out, ‘Son of David, Jesus! Mercy, have mercy on me!’ Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled all the louder…'” Mark 10:47 (The Message Bible)
Once again, the Gospel scripture lesson for today is relevant for today. Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter took its toll on many of the Eastern seaboard states. My daughter, Karen, and her family live inward in New Jersey. They feel blessed with good health, full electricity, cable, cell service, two cars with tanks full of gasoline, and a well-stocked refrigerator and freezer. They are safe and only inconvenienced by the situation that is causing so much pain for those in the direct path of the storm.
There are people on the East Coast crying, “Lord, help me!” And those saying, “God, why me?” It will take days, weeks, months, and possibly years for some of these people to be able to say, “Thank you, God, for all I have been through and now have.”
Good and gracious God, perform miracles through people for your people. Amen.