Lenten Devotional: Images of Faith ~ Jesus Smiling

By: Sarah Bishop

Posted: February 27, 2021

Category: Daily Devotional

Location: Golden Center

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[a] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Mark 7:31-37


O Great Physician, to be healed of our illnesses with only a touch from Your hands we all yearn. To know that immediately You can and choose to heal those who ask, we are grateful for such miracles and signs of Your compassion. May You lay Your healing touch upon those areas that ache for healing, may it be bodily or deep in our souls, Amen.