Grabbing On To God

Read Mark 5: 21-34

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 (NRSV)

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff - they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)


Philip A. Rice is from Michigan. A short time after he had knee surgery, his wife had grab bars installed to help him get around their house. They were an incredible aid. Whenever Philip thought that his legs were going to give out, he could hold on to a grab bar.

Weak and tired knees aren't the only things that make us reach out for support. When life hands us one problem after another, we reach out for whatever help we can find. Perhaps it seems impious to speak of "grabbing" on to God, but many of us have done that very thing. Often in times of distress, we don't meditate, we don't study the Bible, we don't pray anything more than "help!" We just glom on to the Holy One.

In today's reading, a woman touched Jesus' garment and received healing. But sometimes we don't want to merely touch Jesus' garment; we want to grab it with both hands! God, and our faith in God, is the ultimate support. Whether we deal with bad knees, financial woes, personal problems, or the loss of a loved one, God can support us as nothing and no one else can. God offers the patience, wisdom, strength, and insight - and sometimes sense of humor - that we need to deal with our problems. It is good to know that God is at hand to offer support that will last throughout our lives and beyond.

Prayer: Thank you, Holy One, for always being near, our ever-present help in times of need, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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