Daily Devotion – July 7, 2018

Mark 6:4-6

Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.  Then he went about among the villages teaching.

Devotion by Julia Shiver

I was what you would call a “late bloomer.” It took a long time to figure out who I was.  I didn’t really feel like an adult until well into my 30’s!  Some of that had to do with growing up with undiagnosed depression, and some of it was my need to be the one in the family to keep us all together, the keeper of traditions and history.

I am comfortable now in my maturity (although aging is a totally different situation!)  But it doesn’t take much to throw me back to those childhood and adolescent years.  A get together with family, parents and siblings, or a visit with cousins, and I can suddenly lose some of that sense of self.  They don’t know who I am now.  Family only knows some of my history, of what I have overcome during the years, of the adult I have become and the ways that I move in the world.

I can see Jesus having that same problem.  “That’s Mary and Joseph’s kid!”  “Who does he think he is?”  “Who gave him the authority to preach to us?”  The people who knew him as a child didn’t see him being baptized in the river with John, they didn’t see his time of testing in the desert.  They know nothing of his message or his power to heal.  He is still Mary and Joseph’s kid.  So he does what he can and moves on to others who will be more receptive to his message.


Dear God, there will always be people in our lives who can’t respond to our message of your love.  We can only trust that you will put someone else in their path to help them find your truth.  Amen.


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