Spiritual Practice


Michelle McGaffin, 24

In Mark 5:25-34 a woman seeks Jesus against all odds.

Let’s call this woman Faith. For 12 years, Faith had been sick with a condition that made her unclean (Leviticus 15:25). Instead of supporting her, everyone kept their distance. She must have felt alone and afraid.

Then the rumors started. A carpenter from Nazareth was healing people. With every story she heard, new hope sprung up in her heart. One day, a messenger ran by shouting, “Jesus is here!” Her heart fluttered. How could she demand an audience with Jesus? She wasn’t worthy. But Faith was out the door anyway, running toward Jesus.

She pushed through the crowd until finally she saw him. She touched his cloak; and instantly, she was healed. “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. The disciples shrugged, but Faith and Jesus knew they had connected. She came forward, with tears in her eyes, and said, “I touched you.”

I imagine Jesus placing his hand on her shoulder as he spoke: “Daughter, your faith has made you well.” He didn’t scold her or pull away in disgust. He used the very thing she had been deprived of to bring healing: His touch healed her body and soul. He saw her heart when no one else dared to look. He called her his child and gave her peace.


JOURNAL: Who or what inspires you to search for Jesus against all odds? Write your story; then share it.

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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