Daily Lenten Devotion Monday, March 24

Monday, March 24, 2014 – Psalm 145; Genesis 44:18-34; 1 Corinthians 7:25-31 and Mark 5:21-43

Mark 5:21-43 – 21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

I will often refer to this passage when I am praying at someone’s bedside who is in need of God’s healing touch. I’ll mention how Jesus is within reach and that we can reach out and touch his clothes. Just the thought of Jesus being within reach often gives some comfort but also the thought that a simple touch can heal them is helpful as well.

Jesus said to the woman; “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” May we hear Jesus words and be healed either spiritually, emotionally or physically.

O Christ, I give thanks for your presence amongst us this day. May we sense you with us and even within us. May each of us reach out and touch even the hem of your heavenly garment seeking to be healed and made whole. I know many who are in need of healing. I entrust them to you and ask you to heal them and make them whole; body, soul and mind. Amen.

Psalm 145 – 8   The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9   The Lord is good to all,
and his compassion is over all that he has made.

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