December 2016 /January 2017 - Vol. 89

art work
                      by Joanna Lewis 
Get Up and Walk

meditation by Mary Rose Jordan

Scripture Passage - Matthew 19:1-8 

"Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven." At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say 'Get up and walk'? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home." Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man."


Sometimes circumstances in our life leave us feeling troubled, perhaps even crippled. Perhaps we are failing at something at school, or a relationship with a friend is on the rocks. Sometimes our heart aches for something we cannot have right now, and we don't understand why. Sometimes the Lord takes something from us. Sometimes, our hearts just hurt. This scripture passage shows us a few things to remember when we find ourselves in a difficult place.

1) It is important to have the support of people of faith. In this passage, the cripple is brought to Jesus by his friends. It is their incredible faith that leads them to carry their friend to Jesus, they trust in his mercy and in his healing power. In times of distress of challenge- cling closely to those people of faith in your life. Maybe this is a close friend, maybe it's a sister or a youth group leader. Whoever it is- trust them, because they will help point you to Jesus.

2) The Lord is always ready to give us healing- of our hearts, minds, bodies and souls. Here, Matthew points out how Jesus saw the importance of healing this man spiritually and physically. He freed this man from the guilt and shame of his sin and restored him to full health. We serve a God who loves to heal and restore! Ask yourself- is there an area of your life- spiritual or physical- that the Lord may want to heal? Is there an area of your life you are reluctant to bring before the Lord, perhaps because you doubt his ability to heal and to love and to give? Here we see exactly what the Lord would say to you- GET UP AND WALK!

Sisters- we should not let anything come between us and the Lord. Let's reflect on his love and mercy today, and bring forward to him any areas that need healing. Our God is loving and compassionate- let us not forget that. Today- let us GET UP AND WALK!


"Father, I trust in your mercy and forgiveness. Today I bring to your these areas of my life which are not as healthy as they could be. I need your healing power to touch every area of my life, please forgive me for ways in which I have sinned against you. Help me to get up and walk. I love you Lord, and I believe in your saving power."

art work by Joanna
She Will Live

meditation by Mary Rose Jordan

Scripture: Matthew 9:18-19

"While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, "My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live." Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples."


In this passage we see the synagogue leader bringing his heartbreak to Jesus. Many people would consider this a hopeless situation, but this man still sees hope. He brings that hope and trust to Jesus. He is so courageous- even though his daughter has already died, he still holds out hope that Jesus can heal her. This does not go unnoticed by Christ.

How quickly do we bring our troubles, our worries, our deepest concerns, to the Lord? I know that oftentimes I try to do things alone. Sometimes I think, "It's ok God, I've got this one. I'll call you when things get really bad." Or sometimes I let things fester and eat away at me instead of quickly bringing them before the Lord. This should be a good lesson for us- that even in the most hopeless, most frustrating, most heartbreaking situations, there is always reason to hope and trust in our heavenly Father. All of our heart-troubles should be brought to Jesus.

The other phrase that caught my eye was "she will live". How beautiful are these words?! When I heard these words, I heard them deep in my heart, as if they were written just for me, "Mary Rose, you will live". Christ wants ME, he wants US to live! He doesn't want us to just survive and barely make it by in life, he wants us to be full of life and know the freedom we have in him! He wants us to bring our cares to him!

Today, let us consider our own situations and bring before Christ all those things hidden away in our hearts that cause us to worry, to be anxious, to be sad or hopeless. These must all be given over to the Lord, who offers us a hand and says, 'Here, my beloved daughter, let me carry that burden for you.' Today- the Lord wants to say to you... "YOU WILL LIVE. Let not your heart be troubled, instead hope and trust in me, a Father who loves you and wants you to LIVE a joy-filled and hopeful life!" 


"Father, today I bring to you all my worries, concerns and anxieties (name them specifically!). I trust in your power and your love and I have hope because I know that you make all things good for those that love you. Help me today to trust and hope in you. Protect me from worry and anxiety and help me to live my life with a joy-filled and hopeful attitude. Help me to remember your words to the synagogue leader, "she will live". I believe, in my heart, that these words are for me too. I love you, Jesus."

[art work by Joanna Lewis]

Mary Rose JordanMary Rose Jordan was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s of Education degree from the University of Michigan with concentrations in English and history. Throughout her time at U of M she was involved in University Christian Outreach, a group that was instrumental in helping her become a more ardent and mature disciple of Christ. After graduation she quickly entered the non-profit sector where she was involved in community development for a number of organizations in the metro Detroit area. Mary Rose lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her husband, Andy. 

The Lovely Commission is about a work that is near and dear to Mary Rose’s heart. She’s had the opportunity to work with many youth and youth programs and is very convicted that young girls today face issues and challenges never seen before. She also believes that we, as women, need to come together in defense of each other and look to truly embrace and love the way our Lord created us.

This article by Mary Rose first appeared in The Lovely Commission, a new publishing venture and brand of Kairos North America. It is is run by Molly Kilpatrick and Mary Rose Jordan and a team of contributors from various Christian communities in North America and beyond. Together they are working to build a culture of radical love, femininity, modesty of heart, mind, and body amongst young women.

Their aim is to inspire and equip young women to embrace and promote a culture of Godly femininity in which we live out our rich identity as daughters of God and disciples of Jesus Christ.

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