“What do you want me to do for you?”

I love watching how Jonathan and Martin, Kathleen and Jane relate and interact with one another. Jonathan thinks the world of his Dad. He believes Daddy knows everything and can do anything. And he does all of these things for him. Jane simply adores Mommy. First things she does every morning is to be at Mommy’s side. Whether when she hurts herself or she just wants some warm cuddles, she always looks for and runs to Mommy.

It is a comforting feeling to have someone you can rely on or depend on. One of my most rewarding experiences as a father has been to be able to provide whenever my sons asked for something. This has been a great blessing for me. It has been a great blessing for them as well, for now I see them also willing and able to give when depended upon. To have some who cares deeply to provide for my needs is a great affirmation. For to receive is to be grateful. To be depended upon to provide for someone is a greater affirmation. For to give is to be humble.

Jesus speaks the language of love when he asks me: “What do you want me to do for you?” In my prayers, I often imagine him asking me this question. He knows what I need and even what I want without me telling him. But answering him that question makes for a great conversation between him and myself. Today, I will ask this question of as many people as I can.

Throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
Mark 10:46-52

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