Scripture for Friday after the First Sunday in Lent 2013

1 He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. 2 They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. 3 He said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!” 4 And He said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. 5 After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him. ~ Mark 3-1-6 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, the Pharisees conspired against Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Yet You sent Your Son to heal the sick—those who are physically sick, those who emotionally sick, and most of all, those who are spiritually sick—in their time of need. As important as holy days and times of worship are, loving and healing Your sick children are more important. Guide me to those whom You would have me to share Your love with and empower me by the Holy Spirit to show Your love and healing power. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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