Busted – Good News for February 3

3 02 2009

Mark 5:25-35

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” Immediately her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But his disciples said to him, “You see how the crowd is pressing upon you, and yet you ask, Who touched me?”

And he looked around to see who had done it. The woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

The Daily Path: I love reading the stories of Jesus performing miracles. They always give me hope in a world filled with bad news. Today’s tale of the woman who touches Jesus garment is a peach. It’s so good on many levels.

Here is someone who has been beaten down by the world. Her physical illness has depleted all her resources. All she has left in this world is misery. Yet somehow she still harbors hope and faith that she can be cured just by touching a thread of fabric that is connected to some guy she has never met. 

Her faith proves true. She’s healed. Amazing? Sure, but not the end of the story. Just when you think it’s going to be smooth sailing from that point on… the healer asks “Hey! Who did that?”

Busted. 

Here at the moment of her greatest joy, when her faith has healed her… the woman is asked to endure one more trial. Boom! Joy turns to fear. She has to “fess up” that it was she who was so bold as to touch Jesus. In her fear she falls to his feet and somehow she finds the courage to face Jesus. She says IT WAS ME who had faith that you would heal my wounds.

Holy cow! What a story! Just let this one sink in for a minute.

I’ll tell you something… I have to think about this more and ask myself: Do I have the courage to say “It was me”?

Room to Chat: Sorry. I’m still in awe over this story. I guess you’re on your own today to discover a new way to talk with God.


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3 02 2009
mustardseedrevolution

It’s interesting also to note that all the best the world could offer had let her down.

Sometimes we have to strip away the earthly knowledge, the best that we can offer on our own, and trust.

Grace and peace,

Ed

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