Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mercy, faith, and healing

Mark 10:46-52

As Jesus, His disciples, and a sizable crowd
left Jericho, they saw a blind man –
Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus –
sitting by the road, begging.

When the man heard that Jesus of Nazareth
was passing by,
he began to cry out,
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

People told him to hush, but he just
cried out all the more!

“Son of David, have mercy on me!”

So Jesus stopped and said,
“Call him here.”

As they called the blind man, they told him,
“Take courage. Get up! He’s calling you.”

Flinging off his coat, the blind man
jumped up, and came to Jesus.

Then Jesus asked, “What do you
want Me to do for you?”

“Master, I want to see again!”


So Jesus said, “Go then.
Your faith has healed you.”

Immediately, the man received his sight,
and he followed Jesus on The Way.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Mark from some of the many translations found on Bible Gateway.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Healing our nation


Deuteronomy 4:5-9

Listen carefully!

The Word of God
has given us
wholesome statutes,
ordinances, commands,
and laws to carry out
in the land where we live.

Follow carefully
and show God’s
wisdom and insight
to other nations who hear.

For what great nation
has a god so near as our God
is to us when we call on Him?

And what great nation
has healthful laws and regulations
like the Law God gave
for our well-being?

So be on guard.
Watch your souls exceedingly
to do as God says,
and do not forget!

Teach God’s ways
to your children
and all who follow you
as you follow God.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Deuteronomy from translations found on Bible Gateway.




Saturday, February 21, 2015

Healing conditions


Isaiah 58:9-12

Here’s what the LORD says:

If you remove
oppression,
false accusations,
and ill words
from your midst….

If you give food
to the hungry
and help the afflicted….

From the darkness,
My light shall arise for you,
and the gloom shall become
like noon!

Then the LORD your God will guide you
and give you all you need.
Even in harsh dryness,
God will make your bones strong

God will renew your strength –
like a well-watered garden,
like a spring
whose water does not fail.

The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt
for your sake,
and you shall raise up
the broken.

People will call you,
repairer of the breach –
restorer of what once
was ruined.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Isaiah 58 from many of the translations found on Bible Gateway.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Jesus sends us out to heal


Mark 6:7-13

Jesus called twelve of us
and sent us out,
two by two,
as His ambassadors.
And He gave us His power –
His authority
over every evil or ill spirit!

He told us to take nothing
but a walking stick
on our journey –
no bread,
no purse,
no money tucked out of sight –
but to go with only
sandals on our feet
and clothes on our backs
with none to spare.

Then Jesus told us, “When
you enter a house, stay there
until you’re ready to leave
the area. If the people
refuse to listen to you or will
not receive you with welcome,
you must shake the dust from your feet
as a testimony against them.

So we went,
and we warned everyone to repent,
and we cast out malevolent spirits,
and we anointed the ill with oil,
and all were healed.


©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading from Mark 7 with the help of the many translations available on Bible Gateway.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Poem on healings in Mark 5


Mark Five: Red Letter Edition

Come out, come out
wherever you are!
What is your name?

Go home to your friends

and tell them the things –
the merciful things –
the Lord has done.

Who touched My clothes?
You've touched the Son!
Now go, touched in peace.
You have been healed.

You have been healed
of all your fears.
Just trust in Me.

Why are you weeping?

Why do you cry?
The child isn't dead.
She's only sleeping.

Get up, little girl!

Go out in the world.
Go out and become
a young child again.

©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. This poem appeared earlier here and in Mary's book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, published in 2014 by Kelsay Books.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jesus Christ exorcizes evil


Mark 1:22-27

The teachings of Jesus
astonished people,
for He did not sound like
their teachers of the law
but One with authority.

Then, in came a man who had
an unclean spirit that cried out:
‘What have we to do with You,
Jesus of Nazareth? Did You
come to destroy us now?
I know Who You are –
the Holy One of God!’

But Jesus commanded,
‘Silence!
Come out of this man!’

Throwing the man down
with a shriek,
the cruel spirits left.

The people shook with awe
and asked each other:
‘What just happened here?
He commands evil spirits
to obey, and they do!’



©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses in the Gospel of Mark from translations found on Bible Gateway.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Healing waters of God


Poem prayer-a-phrase of Isaiah 41:17,18,20

Water! Water!

The poor and needy
seek but find none.

Oh, wait, and God
will answer.

God will not
forsake.

On a barren mountaintop
God will open rivers
and, in the valley,
fountains.

God will fill the desert
with water pools.
Springs of water
will spring from dry land.

Then all will see
and know and understand
that the LORD God,
the Holy One of Israel
has done this.



©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler – a Christian poet, writer, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church – prayer-a-phrased these verses in Isaiah 41 from translations found on Bible Gateway.

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