Rev. Ray's November 29, 2021 Devotion
November 29, 2021, 9:40 AM

If you remember the old telephone party line you also remember how you had to be careful with what you said on the phone because some neighbors loved to eavesdrop. Usually, the eavesdropper would make a sound, and you knew that someone was listening.

Today it is just the opposite. We cannot go anywhere public where we are not forced to listen to someone's cell phone conversation, and many don't care what they say.

Overhearing can also be a means by which God reaches out to help another person. Once a person called me because she overheard her neighbor crying and praying in distress. I visited and met a very nice woman who had a desperate need. The Lord worked out a way of meeting that need.

A man name Jairus came to Jesus begging Him to come and touch his daughter who was at the point of death. As they went some people came to tell Jairus the sad news that it was too late. Mark wrote in his gospel that JESUS OVERHEARD what they told him, then Jesus said, "Do not be afraid, only believe." Another miracle happened that day.

It is comforting to know that Jesus can overhear the news that comes to us each day. It is not that He eavesdrops, but that He walks with us close enough to hear and to care. When the news is hard to bear, remember that Jesus has heard it also; and He continues to walk with us giving strength and help.

When friends walk together, they do not just hear things with their ears, but with their hearts also.

What a meaningful song:

“When all you have is not enough, It’s hard to fall and get back up; When you can’t breathe and your heart has lost its song, But there is hope my friend, You will sing again

Cause God hears. When there are no words to speak, God hears; When your sorrow runs deep, And it feels like all your faith has disappeared, God hears, God hears.”

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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