It is a testimony to Reformation Sunday that a man with a Roman Catholic background and a woman with a Mennonite background are writing for a Lutheran devotional. It is our mutual faith in the risen Christ that unifies us and gives our marriage life. Martin Luther looked beyond the existing church and was able to lead the way back to faith for salvation. That gave reformation life. Blind Bartimaeus, with faith, received life to his eyes. Everywhere I look in the Christian world, I see life and all that it means through faith in the saving Christ.
My wife was a rambunctious child. She kept bumping into things and hurting herself. In her Grade 1 classroom, she would jump up without warning or permission and run to see the chalkboard, often banging into desks. She hurt herself so often she was able to start a scab collection. An insightful Christian Grade 2 teacher immediately saw the problem. Cathy needed glasses. While not as severely blinded as Bartimaeus, for her to receive glasses brought life to her cloudy vision. From then on, she had a mostly scab-free childhood. She is still rambunctious, however.
Oh, that scab collection, her mother said, “It just disappeared one day.”
Jesus, thank you for opening our eyes. Amen. — G/CW