Bartimaeus responds to his deliverance from blindness. He “followed Jesus along the road,” and what a road this was! Indeed, five chapters later Mark tells us that Jesus was judged and, though found innocent, was handed over to those who meant him no good. He was then nailed to a cross on which he died a horrible death. What a road this was for Bartimaeus, who had just come from darkness to light! It really shouldn’t surprise us, though. When God sets us free, we have an urge to set others free. And sometimes we find ourselves doing so at great cost. Our response to God’s liberating grace leads us to strange places. May we graciously remain open to this reality, for even in those places, God is with us.
—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
—Mark 10:51-52 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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