Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
“Ephphatha!”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
He made the deaf hear and the mute speak.
He multiplied a few loaves and fishes to feed thousands.
He walked on water and calmed the roiling sea.
He cast out demons and resurrected the dead.
And He promised He would not leave us as orphans, that He will be with us always, until the end of time. (John 14:18; Matthew 18:20)
So when we sometimes feel despairing and abandoned by God, know this:
Our God is good and all-powerful and He loves us, in spite of ourselves.
He never disappoints. He never betrays our trust.
He loves us so much He willingly died for us.
And He will never, ever abandon us.
May the courage, peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,