Advent 12/15/22 Sacred Space

Grateful Thursday, December 15

Matthew 8:14-20 (NRSV)

When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever; he touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were possessed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and cured all who were sick. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah, “He took our infirmities and bore our diseases.”
Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe then approached and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”


In the story, Jesus heals Peter's mother-in-law and she instantly serves him. How many times has Jesus healed us? Are we grateful?

I know Advent makes us reflect on Jesus and the reason for the season much more than we normally do. It's too bad we can't be this caring and grateful all year. Jesus spent his life serving and loving us. We are loving and generous during Advent, but what about the rest of the year?

One of my favorite memories growing up was our almost weekly family meals on Sundays. We always had uncles, aunts, grandparents, etc. Mom fixed a big meal and everyone would come over and hang out. They did this generosity all year! We need to think of this generosity in this season.
God bless all!

-Mary Meyer

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