Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 22nd, 2019
While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Mark 5:35-36 (NIV)
A substantial percentage of the public — 49%, one in two Canadians — say that their religious beliefs are important to them. There are some interesting regional variations: the least religious reside in Québec and British Columbia (43%), the most religious, in Alberta and the Atlantic provinces (56%). While 65% of Canadians say they believe in God, this percentage has been in continuous decline, down from 81% in 2005. A similar trend observed for religious beliefs. The people who tell us that religion is important to them have dropped from 70% of the population in 2000 to 49% in 2017.
Grief is paralyzing and there is no greater grief than that brought on by death. In Mark’s Gospel we read the story of a very important man – Jairus. He was a leader in the synagogue, similar to a municipal counselor today. His little girl was sick and nearing death and so he rushes to find Jesus, falls at his feet and begs Him to come and heal his little girl. Jesus agrees to go, but is immediately stopped by the woman who touched the hem of His garment. By the time Jesus finishes ministering to her, we read this in Mark 5:35-36: “While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” The world offers no hope when we are faced with death. The only advice the people have is to simply move on. But Jesus does far more. He offers hope to Jairus and the promise of eternal life. If you are facing grief right now, be assured of Jesus presence with you and His resurrection power.
These have been words from the heart.