“‘He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick, till he brings justice to victory; and in his name will the Gentiles hope.’ Then a blind and dumb demoniac was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.” (Matthew 12.20-22)
“And behold, men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they sought to bring him in and lay him before Jesus; but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’ … But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins’ — he said to the man who was paralyzed — ‘I say to you, rise, take up your bed and go home.’ And immediately he rose before them, and took up that on which he lay, and went home, glorifying God.” (Luke 5.18-20,24-25)
The Sick Child
She carries the sick child in,
And places him before the throne;
She pours out her heart from within —
With love his wounds become her own.
She lifts up his wounds patiently,
Begging for Mercy’s healing grace;
Her Mother holds her lovingly —
Binding the wounds with Her embrace.
The Son, in turn, absorbs each wound,
Enduring them upon the cross;
The Father’s mercy will redound —
Redeeming him as gold from dross.
With love, we join to intercede:
With one heart, the child is held;
All heaven joins us in our plead —
With compassion, Mercy’s impelled.
She cradles him like the bruised reed;
With gratitude, he’ll intercede.
May Jesus join us with the power of His redeeming grace as we intercede for those in need.
(c) Paul Buis, 2003