Job 19:1–7, 14–27; Acts 13:13–25; John 9:18–41
The grandmother took her grandson to the beach one day. She dozed off and as she slept, a large wave dragged the child out to sea. The grandmother awoke and fell to the ground on her knees and prayed, “God, if you save my grandchild, I promise I’ll make it up to you. I’ll join whatever club you want me to. I’ll volunteer at the hospital, give to the poor, and do anything that makes you happy.”
Suddenly, a huge wave tossed her grandson on the beach at her feet. She noticed color in his cheeks and his eyes were bright. He was alive. As she stood up, however, she seemed to be upset. She put her hands on her hips, looked skyward, and said sharply, “He had a hat, you know.”
Talk about an ungrateful heart! We see a spirit of ungratefulness in the religious leaders in today’s reading because Jesus healed the man who was born blind. Jesus’ crime? He healed on the Sabbath. Once again, traditions and laws trump grateful responses.
The now sighted man rejoices.
Jesus has healed us from the eternal consequences of sin by his sacred blood!
Prayer: Lord, create a joyful and thankful heart in me always! Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.
Tomorrow’s readings: Job 22:1–4, 22:21–23:7; Acts 13:26–43; John 10:1–18