Luke 9:11, “When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured.”
He welcomed them. All of them. The curious, the hungry, the smug, the infiltrators, the sly. Welcomed them with words. True words. Not platitudes or clichés or empty pledges.
Healing words. Hope filled words.
Not flung at them as a bone to a starving dog. Not in superficial tolerance for the sake of His reputation. Not as a publicity ruse.
New words. Necessary words.
Giving of His time and His care. Glad for the opportunity to share His kingdom. As a gracious host ministers to his guest’s needs; so did Jesus respond to each individual.
One who listens. One who cares. One who searches and soothes and saves. One who stays. Now and forevermore.
Psalm of Worship: Psalm 107:20
he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.