Jesus Loves the Little Children: A Theological Reading of Mark 9:14–29 for Children with Serious Illnesses or Disabilities and Their Caregivers

Melanie A. Howard

Article Type: Doctoral Essay Contest Essay

Publication Date: 7/1/2013

Issue: Prophets and Politicians (Vol. 33, No 3, Summer, 2013)

The story of Jesus’ care for the boy mute since childhood offers insights for present readers who provide care for children with serious illnesses or disabilities. While the reader must take care not simply to exploit the ancient story apart from its original purpose, the biblical narrative provides a useful and hopeful conversation partner for contemporary parents, pastors, and caregivers.

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