Monday, Fourth Week of Epiphany February 1, 2021

Updated: Feb 2

Prayer Pointers: For the Spirit to give you eyes to see

For those who do not listen

For those who have no voice

Today’s text: Mark 7:24-37

EPIPHANY, THE SEASON of revelations, is all about seeing, perceiving, understanding rightly. In this pair of stories from Mark, we have two examples of how Jesus shifts the perceptions and the possibilities for those who love Him.

In our current culture, we like to focus on the unnamed Greek woman, but the point for Mark in telling this story is the unveiling that happens for the disciples (including us). Before this story, Jesus has a terrible argument with the Pharisees and His own disciples about not judging according to what is on the outside, but judge what comes from inside, i.e., the heart. From this pagan comes a clear statement of faith, and the disciples’ eyes are opened to the truth of Jesus’ teaching.

The second encounter with a man who is both deaf and mute becomes a sign of how the presence of Jesus and His healing touch makes it possible to hear rightly and proclaim what God has done.

In our own ministries, we want to guard against easy assumptions about what we see and what we hear, and to speak up for those who have no voice (Proverbs 31:4). May the Holy Spirit give us eyes to see and ears to hear!

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.