The text from Mark today has two stories of healing. Prayers of petition, in which we ask God to do something for us, are so common that we can come to think of them as the only form of prayer. We tend to want to segregate our lives into walking-around stuff and religious stuff, and we never intermix the two until something goes wrong. In our suffering, we turn to God for assistance.
What if, instead of viewing God as our butler, we viewed Him as our companion, and celebrated the day the Lord created in the same way my friend Charlie celebrates the tunes from his iPod? Wouldn't we have a more positive relationship with God? Come see what I mean, and join us for Charlie's iPod.
Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.