“And He (Jesus) answered them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them.” Luke 7:22
Help for the Hero
What an exciting passage we have to reflect on this week. Jesus performed miracle after miracle on earth, and gave permission for His followers to spread the word. When Jesus spoke these specific words to John’s disciples, He wanted to remind them of His amazing works so that they would properly label Him as Messiah and devote their lives to Him.
These verses were not just for the church two thousand years ago, but are for us too. That they are included in the Bible signifies that Jesus wants us to remember and share the miracles He performed here in Scripture. He also wants us to share what He is doing in our lives today. Take a moment to reflect on miracles you have seen and heard about in your lifetime. Have you shared them with your children? This week would be a wonderful time to incorporate a testimony of God’s miracles in His Word and in your life. Go and report to your family anything from “everyday miracles” such as a time God did a healing in your family, as with dozens of colds and flues, to any number of “larger” miracles you have witnessed, such as diseases healed and accidents prevented. The Lord has done many miracles in our lives and is still doing them. It is a gift for our children to see the hope we have in Christ, and His wonderful gift of miracles all around us.
Since God does not always heal when we ask, be prepared to talk with your children about the problem of suffering Christians in the world. Depending on their ages and your discernment, your children should be ready to hear, at least to some degree, about free will and sin in the world, and how those things affect our health and well being sometimes. Let your children know that while we won’t always understand when God says “no” or “wait” to a miracle prayer request in a righteous person, He certainly has a good reason for doing the things He does, and has provided Heaven as our ultimate hope and home, free of pain and suffering. Most of all, remind them never to give up praying for the miracles they want to see. Jesus included the parable of the persistent widow and the judge for this very reason (Luke 18:8)!
Kids Can Too!!
This week, have your children design a special project of thankfulness, as a memorandum of the miracles and blessings in their lives. You can help them trace leaves, hands, or draw hearts and paste them around the edges of a paper plate, with each object representing a different statement about God’s work in their life. Talk about each time, and say a prayer of thanks together. Then hang the wreath for all to see and behold the awesome answers to prayer! Another idea is an easy prayer box, where kids can keep their prayers, and wait for them to be answered right away or in time.
In God’s good timing, stop sometime this week with your husband to discuss the blessings you’ve each experienced in your marriage and family. Make a commitment to not forget all of the hard times God has seen the two of you through, including the wonderful but doubtless difficult births of your children, through illnesses, job losses, deaths in the family, and other special memories or events unique to your life together. Talk about them with one another to encourage and build one another up, just as the Bible asks in 1st Thessalonians 5:11. Praise God together, thanking Him for the miracles and blessings in your lives. Ask Him for many more blessings. Believe that God will bless you as you offer your lives back to Him. You won’t regret remembering God’s faithfulness as a team.
Thank You for doing so many miracles in our lives every day. From the rising of the sun to the spectacle of the glorious stars at night, Your world is a beautiful miracle in and of itself. Help me to share Your great love and miraculous power with my family, so they too can experience Your amazing power and hope. Please don’t ever give up on doing great things in my life. I thank you for the many, many wonderful blessings I have. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.