Scripture —  Matthew 20: 29-31

29 As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.   30 There were two blind men sitting by the roadside. When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!”

31 The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, “Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!”


Jesus leaves Jericho and his entourage is growing.  Great crowds follow him.  Now these crowds have the virtue of being on the move.  They can follow Jesus wherever he goes.  Not so the two blind men who are sitting on the side of the road.  They hear that Jesus is coming and they have one shot, one chance to speak to him as he passes.  So when the crowd tries to silence them, they call out only louder.

If you were on the side of the road, unable to get up and follow Jesus, what would you say to him in those 2 – 3 seconds as he passed by?  Would you be so brazen as to shout?   What would you say?   Would it simply be encouragement (“Way to go Jesus!”  “You’re the man!!”) or would you call out a petition — a request of some sort?   One chance,  2 or 3 seconds… what would you say?


Dear Lord,

Pass by me today, I pray.

Let me catch a glimpse.

Let there be an opening in that moment so that I may share with you the needs of my heart and praise from my lips.

Ah, but you say you have taken a seat beside me as the crowd rushes past.

And now what remains is just you and me.