The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In John 4:46-54 Jesus comments that people won’t believe unless they see signs and wonders. It might seem to the casual observer that he is refusing to help the young person who has fallen ill. He sends a ruler away, though promising that his child is alive.
Often we wonder if Jesus is actually able to help us. We have “real” problems, after all. We struggle and we worry. What will happen to my child, my sick child? Jesus doesn’t seem to be acting.
Jesus sent the man away with a promise and the man took him at his word. No harm came to the child. What is Jesus’ promise to his believers? No eternal harm will befall them. Whether he seems to be acting or not, we can trust that his promise is absolutely good. He is the one who will defend his people.
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