What Jesus Did! 'A Handful of Blessing' — Mark 10:16

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Then [Jesus] took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
— Mark 10:16 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus frequently touched people. So must we. In a world so devoid of human contact, especially genuinely supportive and affectionate, but clearly non-sexual contact. Many people ache to just be appropriately touched without being abused, manipulated, or exploited. Reach out and touch someone today.*

*Of course, it is essential to be sure that the other person desires the contact and that it is done appropriately.

Today's Prayer

O God, thank you for the gift of touch. To receive the supportive touch of a friend or loved one is precious. To be able to share my loving touch with another is such a great gift. Help me to use this gift generously and wisely, I pray. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 1:40-42
  • Mark 5:38-43
  • 1 Corinthians 16:20


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Illustration of Mark 10:16 NLT — Then [Jesus] took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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