Daily Devotion – February 2, 2018


Mark 1:35-39

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. And Simon and his companions hunted for him. When they found him, they said to him, ‘Everyone is searching for you.’ He answered, ‘Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.’ And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.


Reflection by Janet Derby


It seems that everyone was clamoring for Jesus’ time and attention. Little wonder, since he was proclaiming God’s love and healing to all. I can imagine that Jesus may have wanted to just retreat farther into that deserted place. Just this morning, I woke up before my alarm went off and I wished I could just turn it off and go back to sleep. Then I thought about how when Joshua was ill, he so wanted to be able to go back to work. Recalling his eagerness to fulfill a purpose always makes me recognize what a blessing it is to be able do just that. Jesus clearly understood that as well. He knew what he was called to do and summoned the energy to do it. Simon and the disciples also understood that they needed to seek Jesus out and encourage him in his ministry.

Particularly in a time of transition, it is easy to sit back and hesitate to be involved. I don’t believe that is what we are called to do. We are all called to help act the world into well-being. Are we answering that call?



Caring God,

Thank you for those who bring your message to me. Help me today to respond to it. Amen.

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