OVERCOME WITH AMAZEMENT

Mark 5:35-43 — New Revised Standard Version

While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

AMAZEMENT

Amazement

Overcome With Amazement
Mark 5:35-43

I will probably
never figure this thing out,
at least not in this lifetime,
not today,
not tomorrow,
I don’t know,
maybe never.
I’m talking about this Jesus thing.
This great healer,
reconciler,
lover,
fulfiller of all true desires,
not to mention savior,
whose every act of love gets
misrepresented,
misunderstood,
mishandled.
I am overcome with amazement
at how
Jesus,
whose offering of unconditional love
picked up
conditions and terms and rules,
and forgot
how to be kind and gentle-love,
and learned
how to be tough-love.
There are actually people
who claim to follow
this
one-who-sets-free,
who enslave and make captives in his name.
There are those
who say they have been loved
by this
one-who-loves-all-souls,
yet practice and teach
soul destroying hatred.
I have never felt so loved
as when
I opened my own heart to being loved
and learned how to love.
There is ugly and brutal force,
and there is mighty and powerful love.
How can someone
mistake one for the other?
The first looks and seems strong,
but it is weak.
And the second, the second…
I am overcome with amazement
that
they cannot see that
the one who loved enough to die
has all the power and might they crave,
and this
is a beautiful thing
this unconditional love,
and anyone can have
as much of it as they want
if they will only allow
themselves
to love and be loved
in that way.
To follow Jesus
never means to hate or to fear,
or to do harm,
it simply,
or complexly,
means to be kind,
facilitate healing,
and to love.

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