June 12, 2024

In 2024, we will strive to become more like Jesus by rediscovering the ancient practices of prayer, study, sabbath, celebration, and many more. Our knowledge of scripture, coupled with studying how Jesus lived his life while on earth, will help us become people that overflow with the goodness of God. Wednesday email devotionals will highlight the practices that have been discussed on the previous Sunday.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”


Mark 10:51


Throughout Jesus’ ministry, he demonstrated deep compassion and attentiveness to the needs of those around Him. He listened to their cries—whether silent or persistent. Listening is a vital skill that can profoundly impact our relationships and our faith journey. In a world filled with noise and distractions, the ability to truly listen can make a significant difference in someone’s life. Today, we will look at how Jesus exemplified the power of listening through His ministry. By understanding how Jesus listened to those around Him, we can be assured he hears all our needs, and we can cultivate a heart of compassion and attentiveness in our own lives.


Consider the story of the woman suffering from a bleeding disorder, found in Mark 5:25-34. This woman had endured her illness for twelve long years, seeking help from many doctors and spending all she had, yet she only grew worse. Despite the crowd pressing around Him, Jesus felt her touch, acknowledged her faith, and healed her, restoring both her health and her dignity. Her silent cry for help did not go unnoticed by Jesus. He paused, asked, “Who touched my clothes?” and then listened to her story. In doing so, Jesus showed that He was attuned to even the most subtle, silent cries for help, and He responded with compassion and healing.


In the gospel of Luke, we see Jesus’ deep empathy and compassion in His encounter with the widow of Nain. Jesus encountered a funeral procession for the only son of a grieving widow. Moved by her deep sorrow, He approached her and said, “Don’t cry.” Even without her speaking, he could hear her needs. He then touched the bier and commanded, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” Miraculously, the young man sat up, and Jesus gave him back to his mother. This act was not just a display of divine power but a profound act of listening and responding with empathy. Jesus restored life and hope to a grieving mother, demonstrating the depth of His compassion. By raising her son from the dead, He brought not just physical restoration, but emotional and social restoration as well.


As Jesus was leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, persistently called out to Him, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Despite many in the crowd rebuking him, Bartimaeus continued to cry out for Jesus’ attention. Jesus, always attuned to the cries of those in need, stopped and said, “Call him.” When Bartimaeus came to Him, Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?” This question showed Jesus’ willingness to listen and understand Bartimaeus' specific need. Bartimaeus replied, “Rabbi, I want to see.” Jesus responded, “Go, your faith has healed you.” Immediately, Bartimaeus received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. This story highlights Jesus’ willingness to listen amidst the noise and distractions and his deep compassion and attention to individual needs.


Through these stories, we see that Jesus’ listening was not passive but active and transformative. His actions brought healing, hope, and restoration to those who needed it most.

For Reflection

Reflect on the story of the woman with the bleeding disorder. How can you be more attentive to the silent cries of those around you who may be suffering in silence?

Consider the widow of Nain’s story. How can you show compassion and empathy to those who are grieving or going through difficult times?

Think about Bartimaeus’ persistence. Is there too much noise in your life that is distracting you from hearing the needs around you?


Heavenly Father, we thank You for the example of Jesus, who listened with compassion and acted with love. Help us to follow His example in our daily lives. Teach us to be attentive to the needs of those around us, to listen with empathy, and to respond with kindness and action. May Your Holy Spirit guide us to be instruments of Your healing and restoration, bringing hope and comfort to those in need. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Rev. Deanne Townsend
Pastor for Family Ministries