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GOD'S EMPATHY & ATTENTIVENESS

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Mark 7:32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”The first thing Jesus does with the person in need is separate him from the crowd. He is not going to help the man for the benefit of those who brought him. This kind action is not an opportunity to exploit the person in need. Why do we always want a press release for doing something noble?
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GOD'S EMPATHY & ACCESSIBILITY

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GOD'S EMPATHY & ADVENTURE

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Jesus frequently demonstrated the empathy of God toward people with every kind of suffering. God empathized with humanity and jumped in to the world with us in the coming of Jesus. You cannot read the gospels without seeing Jesus reach beyond social conventions to redeem those whom his world rejected. He jumped into the environments where chaotic people needed help.

What can we learn about genuine empathy from the King of Love? The story of Jesus meeting a man who could not hear or speak illustrates Jesus’ empathy. How we can graduate from being sympathizers and become empathetic healers with those we encounter?
Mark 7:31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the …

STRANGE GIGS

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I have played music in some original settings over the years. I remember playing with my band 2fish[i] at Blenheim Cherry Fest on an outdoor stage. What made it unusual was the act before us were professional cloggers. They did something akin to Dutch line-dancing in colourful outfits and wooden clogs. Great to warm up an all ages crowd for a rock band.
Then there was the time that my band was the opening act at Windsor’s waterfront for an Elvis impersonator show. We are not Elvis impersonators, but somehow were asked to be on the bill. We played our set with a handful of Elvis wannabees watching from side stage.
Perhaps the concert that most made me feel like a ‘fish out of water’ was my solo 1983 appearance at Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf in Belleville. I sang and played original music to 200 deaf students. I did not need a sound system. I did try to hop around more than I usually would.
An interpreter listened to me and signed the lyrics. (At least there was an interprete…