Daily Devotion – July 6, 2018

Mark 6:1-3

He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him.


Devotion by Lynne Buell

So far in my life I haven’t had to face an unwelcoming homecoming.  Even though I only have one sister who stayed in Buffalo while the rest of us moved away, each time I go back I am embraced by the familiarity and people of my hometown.  But Jesus did not receive this kind of welcome.  The crowds questioned Jesus’ power and teachings because of where He came from.

Perhaps this is the work of the Holy Spirit preparing the disciples with what might happen when they are sent out to spread the Word of God—encountering folks who will disapprove and criticize—facing crowds who admire wealth and power.  Their mission will be difficult; and because of this, they will become stronger.

Looking back on my life, I have become stronger.  I may not have had to endure being unwelcome somewhere, but I’ve had to endure many obstacles.  Thanks be to God.



Dearest God, I am grateful today for the strength and peace of mind you have blessed me with.  Amen.


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