Sunday, June 9, 2024


Today’s Reading: Matthew 8

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These are believed to be the ruins of Peter’s house, excavated in Capernaum. They are now protected by a church that is built over what was once a house. Scripture tells that Capernaum was also the home of the Apostles Andrew, James and John, as well as the tax collector, Matthew. Most notably, it was the hometown of Jesus during His ministry years (Matthew 4:13).


Key Verse: Matthew 8:15

So He touched her hand, and the fever left her. And she arose and served them. [Peter’s mother-in-law]

In French, the words for “Mother-in-law” are “la bellemere” – “The beautiful mother.” Peter’s wife’s mother is beautiful in three ways.

First: She was touched by Jesus. His touch always brings beauty.

Second: She arose. It’s beautiful to see a person who is ready for action.

Third: She is beautiful in her desire to minister back to Jesus.

The touch of Jesus is not just for personal benefit; it’s for “OTHERS.” Has the touch of Jesus blessed you spiritually, physically, financially, socially, etc. Yes, it’s a gift for you, and it’s for God’s purpose of blessing “OTHERS.” That’s the primary word expressing gratitude to God for His blessings.


Lord Jesus, You lived Your life for others. You suffered, died and rose from the dead for others. I truly want to give my life in whatever way You lead me in the service of others. Grant me the grace to give myself away to others. Amen!


My mother, Norma Hazel Pritchard, died when I was 12. My most vivid memories were of watching her pray on her knees for long periods of time. I was aware of the Presence of God and I would never disturb her. She had traveled to Egypt in 1924 to marry my Dad, and she used her degree in music to minister with music lessons to the girls of Egypt who had very little opportunity. Always, without exception, the first item she placed on our wall when we moved was a white and black mother of pearl motto that simply said, “OTHERS.”

God bless you,


5 thoughts on “Sunday, June 9, 2024

  1. Listening just now, to the hymn, “Peace, peace, Wonderful Peace, Coming Down from the Father above”. His Touch is still available today. Amen. Have a blessed Sunday all.

    • Thx Doreen.
      Just listened to that lovely hymn too.and sent it to my sister in Ottawa. We were taught to love the children by our dear parents. I’m the youngest of 14 children. How I pray all children would have Christian parents…adopted or otherwise, like we did.
      So important to live our lives 4 others 🙏. Sometimes easier said than done but God knows we’re only human and He still loves us.
      Blessings on all those God loves ❤️.

      • Wow! 14 children! We have 5 wonderful kids & many grands & great grandchildren. We are truly blessed. God’s greatest blessing on you and your family, Lynda.

        • Thx .so much Doreen. Sounds like u have a lovely family also. I’m not 75 anymore 😁 so 6 of my siblings have already gone on to live with God.
          Praise the Lord 4 the love, peace and joy He brings us.

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