Daily Dose, Feb. 20

As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. (Mark 1:29-34)
I really like sundown. The sky turns pink and the birds get quiet. Darkness settles down on the land like a warm blanket and everything in the world seems to hear the words “At ease.” The story of Jesus healing Simon Peter’s mother in law from a fever touches me. She wasn’t blind or deaf or crippled. She just had a fever and Jesus cared about her and healed her. You do not need to be on your death bed or at the end of your rope before Jesus can help you. Jesus chose to help everyone who came to him that evening. The people of Capernaum came in great number asking Jesus for help. Mark says the whole city turned out. People who were sick came and found health. People who were mentally ill and troubled found clarity and sanity when Jesus helped them. The devil and all his demons were no match for the compassion and care Jesus prescribed. So, come to Jesus before the sun settles into the west. Come with whatever hurts or bothers or troubles you. He’s not too busy and your hurts matter more to Jesus than you could ever imagine. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. Y’all come. --Dr. Don