March 16, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 5.24-28
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.”

  • “If I but touch his clothes.” This particular phrase strikes me today. Maybe it’s because of the Coronavirus and the limitations on touching that we are experiencing. We do minimal touching as it is as a society (probably a good thing with the virus going around), and yet we know that touch is essential. At it’s best, touch can be healing, instructive, or a sign of affection. Touch is powerful. There is also a theological statement being made in this phrase as well. The idea that God is present, even close enough to touch is a profound. God isn’t somewhere removed, off in the ether, but is right here. Available to you. As you begin your third week of journaling today, I invite you to think about what it might mean to you to know that Christ is available to you in that way. I wonder if you have been suffering with something for a long time. Could the knowledge of Christ’s presence in your life bring you relief, even if it’s maybe just for a moment? 
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