Mark 5:21-43 is the story of Jesus healing two daughters. One has been sick for 12 years, and the other is 12 years old. They are of two different families, yet both are examples of wondering when to give up. I'm not an expert in healing. I have witnessed emotional, relational, physical, and communal healing. Yet, I'm not sure I can full-heartedly say that it happens regular. I can full-heartedly say that healing is somewhat mysterious and unpredictable. There are always things we can do to invite healing, and create the best opportunities for healing. But alas, healing does not always happen, nor in the way we would wish. Healing is rarely easy, quick, painless, and free. I would venture to say that is always costs risk and investment. And some of the hardest things to invest in are courage and hope. To be courageous and hopeful we run the risk of how people will interpret us. To be courageous and hopeful we have to give up fear and failure. We start to live in a place where we simply know that God is with us.
I'm not sure of all the dynamics in these 13 verses of this story. I do not know if Jesus carried around a special medical kit. I don't know if Jesus had some sort of God-given magic. I don't know if Jesus was in-tune enough with the art of healing that he had perfected the craft. But I do know that both examples hear involved Jesus' acknowledgement of their faith. They were also fearful, but he tells them to not be afraid and to go in peace. Of course, another question becomes what does it mean to "have faith." It has been defined in many ways by Christians and others over the centuries. For today, let it be enough to know that it involves a relationship. For both examples, Jesus was approached and healed them in person. Who in our life do we seek healing from? What/who do we have faith in?
Children can follow along in Shine On page 208 and similar stories of healing in Spark 254 & 258.
Daily Prayers to recite, remember and live by:
Lords Prayer (198 in Shine On, 278 in Spark)
Psalm 23 (129 in Shine On, 160 in Spark
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.