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Friday, January 17, 2014

Memorial of Anthony, Abbot

“‘But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”— he said to the paralytic – “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this.’” (Mark 2: 10-12)

Why do we need to have proof of something in order to believe it, especially when it comes to faith? It seems that we believe some half-truths that people or the even the news may tell us, but we want to ask for some kind of proof that Jesus is our Savior. The people of Jesus' time suffered from this as well. Jesus performed miracle after miracle, and many still did not believe that He was the Messiah.

If we take some time tolook around, we are able to see the many ways that God reveals Himself in our everyday lives. For example, you can see God in the songs of birds, in the fellowship we share as Christians, in the soft sounds of a baby, in the eyes of the oldest among us, even in the (sometimes resistant) hug of a teenager and in the stillness of a quiet moonlit winter night. God is all around us. God is here. God loves us so much that He gave His Son to us so that we may live eternally with Him.

Faith, hope and peace be with you.

Dear Lord,

we ask Your forgiveness for the times that we struggle with our faith.

Help us to always know that You are our Loving Father.

Help us to be strong in our faith. Amen.

Linda Linge
RN, Avera Dells Area Hospital

1 SAMUEL 8:4-7, 10-22A• PSALM 89:16-17, 18-19 • MARK 2:1-12

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