Read the story found in Matthew 9:20-22. [Imagine yourself as the woman who needs healing.]
Watch as Jesus turns around and sees that you are the one who has touched his cloak. Hear the kindness and authority in Jesus’ voice saying, “Take heart, my child; your faith has made you well.”
Let these words soak into your being. Enter into conversation with Jesus if you wish.
—Gerrie L. Grimsley & Jane J. Young, Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings (Upper Room Books, 2008)
When have you or has someone you know experienced emotional or physical healing? Join the conversation.
When Jesus turned and saw her [the woman who touched the hem of his clothes], he said, “Be encouraged, daughter. Your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that time on.
—Matthew 9:22 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Come now and feed
my body, soul;
come now, infuse
the hungry whole
—Jane J. Young
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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