Awestruck, Astounded and Amazed!

...they were all astounded and praised God, saying, 'We have never seen anything like this'

Mark 2:12
Isaiah 43:18-19,21-22,24-25; Psalms 41:2-5,13-14; 2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Mark 2:1-12

A group of botanists were searching in the Alps for rare flowers. A very fine specimen was spotted on a small ledge of rock that could only be reached with a lifeline. The job was far too dangerous for the inexperienced botanists so they summoned a local shepherd boy who was familiar with the terrain. They offered him several gold coins to climb down the rope and retrieve the rare specimen. Although the boy desperately wanted the coins, he feared that the job was too dangerous. Several times he peered over the edge of the cliff but he couldn’t see any safe way of getting to the flower. Besides, he would have to place his trust in the hands of strangers who would be holding his lifeline. Suddenly, the boy had an idea. He left the group for a few moments, then returned holding the hand of a much older man. The shepherd boy then ran excitedly to edge of the cliff and said to…

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