Scripture: Mark 5:21-43
Key verses: (21-30) 21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and 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.” 24 So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”
Reflection: Sickness is a great interrupter of life. It enters without knocking, changing all plans without notice and mocking our idea of certainty and schedules. I wrote this devotion a month ago when we most of us would have had no idea what this meant. We would read a devotion like this and think, yes, I am sure it does. Today, even my routine-loving-rule-following 9th grader completely understands it. We are not even sick but we get how sickness intrudes, touching every part of life. Mocking our confidence and maybe even our identity found in the calendar, to-do list and every event of our day.
Such an interruption occurred to a woman in Jesus’ time told in Mark 5. Her encounter with Jesus in on a narrow street packed with a crowd of excited people who are anxious to see this man. At the request of a man of prominence, Jesus is on His way to restore to health Jairus’ dying daughter. He is on a mission and the crowd is following to witness the miracle. Jesus stops right in the middle of the road, touched by someone in the crowd. The woman doesn’t have a name in this passage, her identity defined by her illness. Yet, Jesus called her by the name daughter. Boldly and desperately she reached out to touch Jesus and he saw her. He saw her faith, saw her hope and saw her as family. Right in the middle of the road, not in a church, Jesus healed her and sends her out in peace.
May the peace of Christ surround you on this day and always.
Prayer: God, with the loss of our regular routines this week may we find peace in you. May we find the opportunity to come face to face with the transforming love of Christ in the middle of whatever chaos surrounds us. Trusting in you, always. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].