Devotional

House of Kindness

Then [Jesus] took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”

Mark 5:41

Recommended Reading

Acts 9:36-43

Bethesda, Maryland, took its name from a church called the Bethesda Meeting House (1820), which took its name from the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. In Hebrew, bet hesed meant “house of kindness/mercy.” It is not surprising that one of America’s largest centers of healing, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, is located in Bethesda.

It was at the Pool of Bethesda where the sick in Jesus’ day gathered to look for healing when an angel stirred the waters. And it was there that Jesus chose to heal a very sick man—he was an invalid for 38 years (John 5:1-15). There is no mention of why Jesus chose to heal this man, nor why He didn’t heal others that day. Jesus didn’t heal every sick person in Palestine. But those He did heal were truly healed—body, soul, and spirit. Like the young girl who had died in Capernaum whom Jesus restored to life with a word. Healing is never a question of God’s ability, but of His purpose.

God’s healing is always a gift of kindness and mercy. Ask Him if you are in need, and trust Him for His answer.

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

~ Thomas Moore ~

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