Lent Devotion, April 3, 2017


The group once again gathered at the Corner Donut Shop to continue their conversation about the Bible and the stranger. The pastor began the discussion by asking, “What did you think of the story I asked you to read, the story of the Canaanite woman who asked Jesus for help?”

Jensi spoke first, saying, “My heart immediately went out to the mother who was so concerned about her daughter. I don’t know what she meant by ‘tormented by a demon,’ but it had to be terrible.”

“That was my first thought, too,” said Ron. “Obviously compassion is needed. And that’s when the story really got strange. Jesus just stood there, looking at her, staring at her, doing nothing. I mean, isn’t he all about helping people? What’s going on with Jesus here”

Matt said, “I think Jesus is caught in doubt.”

“Doubt? About what?” asked Jensi.

Matt replied, “About whether he should help or not. For she’s a Canaanite, not a Jew. She is not of Jesus’ people. And as Jesus says a bit later in the story, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ I think Jesus is silent because he’s pondering whether he should help or not.”

Lord Jesus, we sometimes forget that you were human, facing the same kind of questions and doubts that we have. You struggled through those doubts by trusting our Father in heaven. Give us your Spirit, that we might do the same. Amen.

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