January 26, 2015

Mark 5_34

Mark 5:21-43

“Just a touch more” you might say when the wait staff comes to offer you more coffee. So what is a touch more? Is it a little bit, a tad more, a smidgen? We have many expressions to describe that touch more of whatever we want. Today in Mark’s gospel, we read about a woman who was ill. The unnamed woman wanted to get that touch more of Jesus than most of the large crowd could get. She was desperate.

I can imagine her thinking, “It’s now or never” as she pushed through the crowd to make contact. She was convinced by faith that this fleeting touch would be enough to heal her bleeding body. And it was, yet she got so much more. She got affirmation from Jesus that by reaching out she had displayed strong faith.

We all need to let go of our foolish pride and reach out to Jesus. Whether you reach out because you have a great need, or you just want to affirm your faith relationship, it is essential to have more than a touching-base relationship during a fleeting moment of need. Jesus desires to have an intimate, ongoing relationship with you today.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me grow closer to you, making contact with you in an ongoing and consistent way. Through your holy name I pray. Amen

Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley, Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Hubbard Lake, MI.

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