Wednesday 8 July, 2015

Mark 5:24b-34

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” 32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Individual people were important to Jesus. The man’s daughter who He was going to see, the woman who had been bleeding and unwell for so long – Jesus cared about what happened to them and He was keen to help. Jesus was willing to head out of His way to go with the man whose daughter was sick. So He stopped going one way and diverted His journey. When the woman who was unwell touched His robe He stopped and sought her out.

We are important to Jesus too. He wants us to invite Him into our lives too. The man with the sick daughter and the unwell woman both invited Him in to help them – in their own way. Jesus is waiting for us to invite Him into our lives, to ask for His help, to acknowledge we can’t do it without Him. We can have confidence that He will respond. He did here in this story – with grace and peace.

Thank You Jesus that You know each of us, that You want to help each of us, that You are able to help each of us. Lord teach us how to invite You in, to recognise we need Your help. Thank You that we can be confident that You will respond.

Written by Therese Manning

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