Bible Reading: Mark 5:21-34
Author: Gene C. Burgess (South Carolina, USA)
Saturday 22 March 2014 © The Upper Room.

‘Come and see,’ I called to my mum, and she would leave the laundry to study a worm with me.

When my experiment was complete, she returned to the unfolded clothes. ‘Mum, let’s go for a walk.’ Though she had been busy washing up, she would join me for an hour in the park. When we returned, she finished the dishes.

Mum saw these interruptions as opportunities to build a relationship with me—her youngest child.

The healing of the paralytic is one example of how Jesus dealt with interruptions. When other people found Jesus involved in something else, they interrupted.

Our Saviour seldom objected; he stopped, listened and met their need. Jesus was available to those who needed him.

We may feel we have no room for interruptions. But suspending our ordinary duties to reach out to other people could be the defining moment in their lives and possibly in ours.

By considering the way Jesus responded to interruptions, we can begin to view them as opportunities to be Jesus for other people.

Prayer: Thank you, dear God, for interruptions that give us opportunities to reflect Jesus’ love to those around us. Amen

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I am deaf with C.I. - basic BSL, want to learn more. Go to Bridgwater and Weston Super Mare signing church. Have met Gill several times. I think this is a wonderful!! My kind friend Astrid sent me this from Bristol - she has cycled round the world in 2 years - a magical feat! I found life difficult when becoming deaf and decided to make it more `visible` by making BSL jewellery. I have sold some and donate to BSL bible translation, so it is lovely to have this and I will tell my friends about it. JN