December 4, 2017
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Matthew 8:5-11

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only speak the word and my servant will be healed”.

Isn’t this an unusual story of a miracle?  The centurion certainly had rank and status in the Roman community.  We don’t know if he was a follower of Jesus but he certainly had heard of him and admired him even though Jesus was not of the standing of the centurion.  One of the interesting aspects of this miracle is the love this centurion had for his servant.  This love caused him to disregard the barriers of rank and race to plead for his health.

Jesus’ response was immediate and he cured the slave without touching him nor did the slave hear him speak, it was enough that the words were spoken.  This leads me to wonder if when we speak God’s words for someone we love, they might somewhere find healing.

(c) 2017 Donnie Hawley

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My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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