Matthew 20:29-34 Children can follow along in Spark, page 300.
31The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!’
I am usually not one to yell. I'll admit that my two kiddos cause me to raise my voice multiple times a day. Hopefully the tone is a bit harsher than the volume is louder. But that is another topic. Other than worrying about the behavior and safety of my kiddos, I rarely yell. If I do it's a random surprise injury (like hitting my thumb with a hammer) or maybe at a sporting event. Moreover, I am not the advocate type. I would not value the experience of standing somewhere and yelling my hopes. My mother taught me well to be quiet and unassuming in most instances. If you did raise your voice, it better be for a really good reason. In this passage I am struck by who does the yelling and who does the listening.
For the crowd, they are annoyed with the blind men. They don't want them to bother Jesus, and they probably do not want to be bothered either. They would rather the blind be quiet. But as I reflect, I am even more curious about Jesus' response. He doesn't assume (at least verbally) what the men desire. He asks them what they want him to do. In our own lives, are we willing to ask? Is there something powerful in being able to name what we want from those around us, what we want from God, and act on it?
Too often I assume I am bothering someone,
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