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Daily Devotion – June 29, 2018
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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.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.  Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?” He looked all around to see who had done it.  But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.  He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”  Mark 5:25-34

Reflection by Matthew Alexander

This past Sunday was pride Sunday at church.  We celebrated the many designs of love of our Creator.  We shared the stories of those in the LGBTQ community that are braving the storm and finding the courage to say, “Peace! Be Still!” By resting in the arms of the truth that we are all beloved creations no storm can overtake us because the power is not in the storm.  Instead, power lies in those willing to be just as they were created to be.  Sadly, we know this storm rages on and while we can celebrate those who are on the path of peace there are still a number of people who are struggling to find that peace.

The weak, the poor, the hungry, the forgotten and the vulnerable of the LGBTQ community all live with a longing for peace.  They seek refuge from their pain.  They long for their suffering to end.   They desire for their voice to be heard so that they can find healing.   And like the woman in this story they long to be made well.  Yes, we want to have courage when the storm comes but the road to finding that courage is often long and full of struggle.  The woman in this story knew about suffering and the long road involved.

When we are in the middle of the storm, and don’t quite yet have the courage to stand and say, “Peace! Be Still!” then we must walk out on faith.  By taking that step of faith, even when we don’t know what the outcome will be, we move ourselves forward.  At times, this means that in faith we must reach out to others to help us heal.  These places can be our family, our friends, our church community, or like the woman in the story, Christ.  The good news is that we can be healed and find peace but we must take the step of faith that it requires.

Prayer

God of Peace, Grant us the courage to say, “Peace! Be Still!” when the storm clouds of life roll in.  If we are not ready, then may we have enough faith to reach out for you.  Our pain and suffering can be healed with faith.  Amen.



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