17 Jesus came down with the twelve disciples and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.

18They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. 19And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

I want to be in this crowd. I want to be near the “power” that “came out from him and healed all of them.” I want to see the diseases of life defeated. I want to be there when “those who are troubled with unclean spirits are cured”.

Sadly, that is not the way life as I know it mostly unfolds. Generally there are no crowds gathering around Jesus. The people gathering “to hear him” seldom amount to anything near a crowd. Those with “diseases” go away still sick; those “troubled with unclean spirits” continue to struggle with their dark demons.

But perhaps there is something wrong in the way I am seeing the world and the work of Jesus.

Could it be that, if I look more carefully, I will see a mighty throng of people seeking to “hear” Jesus? They may not call the voice they seek by the name Jesus. They may name it as love, or goodness, beauty, or truth. They may seek to live with integrity lives of compassion and kindness. Perhaps they are listening to the voice of Jesus however they may name that voice.

And, could it be that, if I look more deeply, beneath the turmoil of disease and troubling unclean spirits, there is healing that transcends all the brokenness and pain that afflicts so much of life?

If I have eyes to see, I will discover that healing, goodness, beauty, and truth are breaking out in the most unexpected places. Love is always at work. The question is not whether or not I am near the “power” that “came out from him and healed all of them.” The question is whether my heart is open to perceive the healing that flows through all of life and touches every heart able to perceive the light in even the darkest of circumstances.

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