We went to Olive Garden for lunch.  How about those bread sticks?  I think I can eat quite a few of them,especially when they are warm.  Get an order of that white sauce on the side,…dip them in….good stuff.  Sometimes I am desperate for bread sticks.

There was this woman….a woman from another country, from another faith, from another way of life, a woman from another belief …. that encountered Jesus.  This woman found out that Jesus would be at this certain location….this town….and she sought him out….because she had a daughter that was possessed by the devil. 

You have stuff possessed by the devil?  You have a child, a husband, a house, a workplace, a boss, a financial situation, a wife, a belief.. that is possessed by the devil?  Well, there is hope.  This woman begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her child? 

Do you have something that you are desperate enough to beg Jesus about?  I mean, if you are not desparate….then you can do it on your own accord….you can do it under your own power…you can do it under your own authority……  So Go Do It….Take Charge of it…..But…if you can not do it…if you can not fix it…if you can not make it happen…..then maybe….just maybe you need Jesus…. like this Greek, like this Syro-phoenician woman did……  She was outside of the faith…outside of the promised people…she was outside of the inside group…..  You ever been like that….the outcast, downcast, overcast?  She was….

This woman was desperate for help.  She was desperate for a healing, she was desperate enough to put aside her ethnicity, her pride, her upbringing to ask for help.   Are you desperate enough?  Because if  you are not desperate ……  then Jesus can not help you….

Today….Desparate.. 

Tomorrow…breadsticks…

louie

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