In Isaiah it is the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars—it is that God who strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up to health and diakonia. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.


Everlasting God, you give strength to the weak and power to the faint. Make us agents of your healing and wholeness, that your good news may be made known to the ends of your creation, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39

This Weeks Readings

Monday2 Kings 4:8-17, 32-37
Acts 14:1-7
Psalm 102:12-28
Tuesday2 Kings 8:1-6
Acts 15:36-41
Psalm 102:12-28
WednesdayJob 6:1-13
Mark 3:7-12
Psalm 102:12-28
Thursday1 Kings 11:26-40
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Psalm 50:1-6
Friday1 Kings 14:1-18
1 Timothy 1:12-20
Psalm 50:1-6
Saturday1 Kings 16:1-7
Luke 19:41-44
Psalm 50:1-6
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