Encounters with Jesus - Day 4 (5 September 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

In the crowd was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had gone to many doctors, and they had not done anything except cause her a lot of pain. She had paid them all the money she had. But instead of getting better, she only got worse. The woman had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him in the crowd and barely touched his clothes. She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will get well.” As soon as she touched them, her bleeding stopped, and she knew she was well. At that moment Jesus felt power go out from him. He turned to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples said to him, “Look at all these people crowding around you! How can you ask who touched you?” But Jesus turned to see who had touched him. The woman knew what had happened to her. She came shaking with fear and knelt down in front of Jesus. Then she told him the whole story. Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”

(Mark 5.25-34)

Reflect: 

Jesus is on his way to Jairus’ house to visit his dying daughter when a woman who had heard about Jesus touched his clothes. Doctors had failed to help her, but she receives healing power from Jesus – not from his robe, but through faith in him. No wonder she was shaking with fear - for a woman to speak so personally in front of a crowd of people was costly and humbling. Jesus assures her of the healing she has now received.

Respond: 

Read this story slowly and as often as you are able. How might God wish to speak to you today?

Midday Meditation:

The Bible is shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.

(St. Augustine)

 

Evening Reflection:

Christ be in my waking, as the sun is rising,

 In my day of working, with me every hour.

Christ be in my resting, as the day is ending,

Calming and refreshing, watching through the night.

Jesus, this is my devotion:       

All my life to know You,

Every day to walk with You.

 Saviour, You’re my deepest longing, You’re the One I live for,

Teach me, Lord, to walk with You. 

(Stuart Townend Christ Be In My Waking)

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