Corrie Berg tells the story of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law as well as many others at Peter’s house. The Time with Children in the worship service at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ, focuses on telling Bible stories to the congregation. Storytellers from the church bring these stories to life with dramatic flair.
Our story today takes place right after Jesus healed the man with the unclean spirit in the synagogue. Does anybody remember? It was the story last week, and it’s from the Gospel of Mark. Our story today takes place right after that one. Let’s listen to this story.
After the synagogue service was finished, Peter and Andrew took Jesus to their home in Capernaum. And the other disciples? They came along too.
When they arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s wife met them at the door but she looked really, really worried, and she said, “Peter, my mother is so sick. Her fever keeps going up and I don’t know what to do."
One of the disciples said, “Hey! Jesus can help! Remember what just happened in the synagogue a little bit ago?” So, they took Jesus into the house and led him to the corner of the room where Peter’s mother in law was laying down. She was hot, she was feverish, she was fretful, and Jesus sat down beside her bed and he took his hand, and he put her hand in it and he helped her to sit up. And as soon as she sat up, immediately she felt better. Her cheeks and her forehead were cool. She smiled at Jesus. In fact, she felt fabulous.
She said, “Why are you sitting here serving me? I should be up and serving you.” And right away she got up and started to make food for that big crowd that was in her house.
Now the neighbors spied her bustling and hustling around in that kitchen, busy at work, and this was the woman who just about an hour ago had been very, very sick. And pretty soon the word spread throughout the community and by evening there was a huge crowd gathered outside of Peter’s house. All kinds of people, all kinds of sickness were out there waiting patiently for Jesus to heal them. Some were deaf, some were blind, some were troubled by unclean spirits, and some, they couldn’t walk and had to be carried there by their friends and their family. But Jesus went out into the crowd and he healed every single one of them.
You see, he showed that God’s great power was at work in the world now that he had come, and he showed that God loved each and every one of them.
Let’s pray together. Dear Lord, we thank you that your power is still at work in this world and that you do love each and every one of us. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
Storyteller: Corrie Berg
Text: Mark 1:29-34
Corrie Berg is the Director of Children’s and Family Ministries at Nassau Presbyterian Church. She attended Jamestown University, a Presbyterian liberal arts college, majoring in Religion and English Literature. A highlight of her work is telling Bible stories to attentive children (and adults). It brings together her love of good literature, and her commitment to passing on the stories of our faith to the next generation.