Blind Bartimaeus

23rd September 

“And when he heard it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Mark 10:47-48 

Where do your help come from? When you have no hope whom do you call upon?

Praise God, that we are not left alone in helpless and hopeless situations. God is always there. Bartimaeus was a blind man that had to rely purely on the generosity of others for his survival. There was no NHS to house him and care for him, and no benefits from local councils. Moreover, he was an outcast of society. Yet when he heard that Jesus was in town, he knew that his hope had come. He knew that in his hopeless situation he could cry out to Jesus and be healed; not just once, but twice. Even when the crowds tried to silence him, he called out even louder. He knew where his hope was found.

May we also learn to cry out in mercy to our Lord Jesus; not just in times of need but it times of plenty. May our hope and assurance be in Christ; not just for physical healing but spiritual too. God is full of mercy and wants to shower us with His blessings. All we need to do is cry out to Him for mercy. He freely gives His love and peace. Even when the crowds try to silence us, let us remember that our hope is found in the King of Kings, and Lords and Lords.

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