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Daily Devotional for November 15

November 15                                               Matthew 15:29-39

        "And great crowds came to him, bringing with them
      the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many
                      others. ..and he healed them...."

Today I climb the holy mountain in my heart to be with you,
Jesus. I set aside my busyness and I seek your presence. The
journey up the mountain is steep, but my longing is great, for
"You have the words of eternal life " (John 6:68)

At the top of the mountain you are seated, receiving the crowds
that flow toward you like a river of pain seeking a place of heal-
ing. In the crowds I see friends, enemies, relatives, neighbors,
strangers, all kneeling before you as you reach out to touch,
heal, and restore them one by one.

Now I stand before you, Jesus, and you speak my name and
ask, "What do you want me to do for you?"

Seeing your compassion, I allow you to see me just as I am:
I show you my spiritual lameness, caused by my need to forgive
another and be forgiven for the hurt we have caused each other;
I let you see how I have been emotionally maimed by unre-
solved anger, fear, and pain turned against myself; I confess
my psychological blindness that leads me mistakenly to see my
mother or father in every authority figure; I admit my deafness
toward my body, which I treat as a machine rather than as the
temple of God.

"My need," I respond, "is for healing."

At these words, I feel and see a loving light radiating from your
presence, surrounding me, and seeking out in my body, mind,
and spirit the wounds I have shown you. One by one you touch
them with the healing light of your presence.

Today, Jesus, I will remain on the holy mountain, glorifying
the God of Israel in my healed heart.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C.


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