The Daily Devotional 14 August Finding God in All Things

Sharing a devotion from the Living Chruch Foundation and the Reverend Emily Hylden. Emily always does a great devotion and this is no exception.  As she concludes .., (a) combination of Jesus’ divinity and simple human faith in it … is a fusion that creates miracles. Look for Jesus in your daily life, and in the people from who you least expect to find him and you will find him.

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Perseverance
Daily Devotional • August 14
By the Rev. Emily R. Hylden

The suffering woman in today’s Gospel passage makes a sort of deal with herself and God, stepping out boldly in faith. She takes a chance and puts her faith on the line. It’s not that she’s demanding that God take action because her fingers rustled some fabric. Believing wholeheartedly in the great power of this man, Jesus Christ, she is so convinced by his divinity that even if she could get close enough to touch something hanging off him, her whole life would change.

As is often the case in such accounts, there are witnesses who represent the opposite response, one of skepticism. In this case, the disciples brush Jesus’ question away. Surely dozens of people had touched his robe in the crowd, for heaven’s sake; they’d touched his robe themselves, when doing laundry or reaching across the dinner table for the salt.

The suffering woman recognizes the powerful combination of Jesus’ divinity and simple human faith in it. It is a fusion that creates miracles.

Mark 5:25-34

Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

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