Then they brought to him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged him to put his hand on him. (Mark 7:32)
Lord, your church as a speech impediment and does not proclaim the gospel clearly. Put your hand on us and set us free to do the work you have called us to.
And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers in his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. (Mark 7:33)
Jesus, take each of us aside and put your finger in our ears so that we may clearly hear you and touch our tongues so that they may speak your word.
Then, looking up to heaven, he sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” (Mark 7:34)
Jesus, please speak that word — “Be opened.” — to each of us. Help us to be open to what you are doing now.
Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly. (Mark 7:35)
Holy Spirit, immediately open our ears and loose our tongues to praise Jesus and speak the gospel clearly.
Then he commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more he commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it. (Mark 7:36)
Father, please help each of us know when it is time to speak and when it is time to be silent.
And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” (Mark 7:37)
Jesus, you do all things well. Make your deaf church hear and your silent people proclaim the gospel. Thank you.
(John 6:4-0) A word received: I long for my people to look to me for help in their time of need.
Monday: 89:1-18 * 89:19-52; Gen. 49:1-28: 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1: Mark 7:24-37
Tuesday: 97, 99,  * 94, ; Gen. 49:29-50:14: 1 Cor. 11:17-34: Mark 8:1-10
Notes from the Front Line
***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (John 12:20-33; Hebrews 5:(1-4)5-10; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51 or 51:11-16).
***** Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily Quote…
Lions, tigers and bears,
Angels, archangels and the whole company of heaven…
Does it get any better?