Thu 12th. Hebrews 3:7-14. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts—Ps 94(95):6-11. Mark 1:40-45.
'If you want to ... you can cure me.'
My sister-in-law has an illness that is resulting in progressive disability and increasing reliance on my brother, her main carer. We pray for her healing and for them both. Though her mind is clear, her physical disabilities increase. Though there may be no cure, something extraordinary is happening.
As a couple, they are closer than ever. They make the most of every opportunity for enjoyment together: car trips, concerts and plays at the nearest city, a meal in a local pub, visits to family. Always kind and generous, my brother is a most sensitive and devoted carer, though aware of the need to maintain his own physical and mental health.
Jesus, I have come to realise that there are many kinds of cures. Transformation of the heart can be one of the most important.