Blessed… Witness to a Miracle, Amazing

 Jesus moved on from there along the shore of the Galilee Sea. He went up a mountain and sat down. Large crowds came to him, including those who were paralyzed, blind, injured, and unable to speak, and many others. They laid them at his feet, and he healed them. So the crowd was amazed when they saw those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel (Matthew 15:29-31, Common English Bible).

And once again, Jesus is followed by large crowds. People flocked to him to hear him teach but even more to witness a miracle or perhaps have a miracle come to life before their eyes.

That’s what they got. They were amazed at all Jesus did. The lesson reminds us, “those who had been unable to speak talking, and the paralyzed cured, and the injured walking, and the blind seeing.” To see people’s lives dramatically changed right before your eyes is truly an amazing thing to behold.

The whole idea of being witness to a miracle is an amazing experience. It is something beyond what we can do for ourselves.

I know I have talked about the 2010 car accident Cindy and I experienced. Cindy had been driving. The other car, police estimated was moving about 60 miles per hour (10 miles per hour over the speed limit) square into the driver’s side door.

When the car quit spinning and came to a stop, I started asking Cindy if she was OK. At first I got no answer and it scared me. I knew I wasn’t OK but as I looked at Cindy, I truly thought she was dead. From thinking my wife is dead to actually see energy. With a broken hip she wasn’t going anywhere on her own. But, she was alive and that was miracle enough for me. I was amazed at what God did.

Another way God amazed me in all that was, I was in the middle of a planned sermon series when the accident happened. The next Sunday I was supposed to preach on miracles. I freely admit, at that point, I didn’t know what I was going to say. I didn’t preach the Sunday after that or the Sunday after that or even the Sunday after that. But, the first Sunday I was preaching again, I picked up that sermon where I had left off. I opened that Sunday by saying, “Three weeks ago I planned to preach on miracles. I freely admit, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to say. Now, after all the things we experienced over the past three week, I have a thing or two to say about miracles down. ” I was amazed by what God did.

How has God amazed you?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Peace,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Author:

"The Pastor Ponders" is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor of First United Methodist Church. I have served here for the past two years. For the past 27 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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