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Reaching Out

If
I
could
just
reach,
touch,
know
your power,
your healing,
your strength
in my life.

If
I
could
just
get you
to come
with me,
to me,
to my place of need.

If you would,
I would know
peace,
strength,
hope
in you.

However lost,
broken,
hopeless,
in you
there is always
your presence,
your love,
your promise
of another day,
another way.

I reach out
to you,
knowing
you
are already
reaching out
to me,
holding my pain,
longing
that I let you.

Mark 5:21-43 (CEV)

A Dying Girl and a Sick Woman

21 Once again Jesus got into the boat and crossed Lake Galilee. Then as he stood on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. 22 The person in charge of the Jewish meeting place was also there. His name was Jairus, and when he saw Jesus, he went over to him. He knelt at Jesus’ feet 23 and started begging him for help. He said, “My daughter is about to die! Please come and touch her, so she will get well and live.” 24 Jesus went with Jairus. Many people followed along and kept crowding around.

25 In the crowd was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had gone to many doctors, and they had not done anything except cause her a lot of pain. She had paid them all the money she had. But instead of getting better, she only got worse.

27 The woman had heard about Jesus, so she came up behind him in the crowd and barely touched his clothes. 28 She had said to herself, “If I can just touch his clothes, I will get well.” 29 As soon as she touched them, her bleeding stopped, and she knew she was well.

30 At that moment Jesus felt power go out from him. He turned to the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

31 His disciples said to him, “Look at all these people crowding around you! How can you ask who touched you?” 32 But Jesus turned to see who had touched him.

33 The woman knew what had happened to her. She came shaking with fear and knelt down in front of Jesus. Then she told him the whole story.

34 Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.”

35 While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from Jairus’ home and said, “Your daughter has died! Why bother the teacher anymore?”

36 Jesus heard what they said, and he said to Jairus, “Don’t worry. Just have faith!”

37 Jesus did not let anyone go with him except Peter and the two brothers, James and John. 38 They went home with Jairus and saw the people crying and making a lot of noise. 39 Then Jesus went inside and said to them, “Why are you crying and carrying on like this? The child isn’t dead. She is just asleep.”40 But the people laughed at him.

After Jesus had sent them all out of the house, he took the girl’s father and mother and his three disciples and went to where she was. 41-42 He took the twelve-year-old girl by the hand and said, “Talitha, koum!” which means, “Little girl, get up!” The girl got right up and started walking around.

Everyone was greatly surprised. 43 But Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. Then he said, “Give her something to eat.”

Amazing Grace

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Cause and Effect?

Cause and effect – that understanding that what we do has certain results.  Actions lead to consequences.

Deuteronomy 30:9-14

The Lord will make you prosperous in all that you do; you will have many children and a lot of livestock, and your fields will produce abundant crops. He will be as glad to make you prosperous as he was to make your ancestors prosperous, 10 but you will have to obey him and keep all his laws that are written in this book of his teachings. You will have to turn to him with all your heart.

11 “The command that I am giving you today is not too difficult or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in the sky. You do not have to ask, ‘Who will go up and bring it down for us, so that we can hear it and obey it?’ 13 Nor is it on the other side of the ocean. You do not have to ask, ‘Who will go across the ocean and bring it to us, so that we may hear it and obey it?’ 14 No, it is here with you. You know it and can quote it, so now obey it.

Here we have a classic example of the prevailing world view that the Old Testament was written in – do good and you’ll do well; and its opposite number by definition is if something goes horribly wrong, you must have done something to cause it…

But Moses brings the challenge – to obey God’s laws and keep his demands.  Not because of what we may gain – but because of who God is.  We turn to God, not just by doing the right thing, but by having the right heart.

An impossible task?  That we could ever be good enough, do what God requires of us?

It is a choice, a definite choice, but not an impossible one.  God does not put up barriers to stop us reaching him, but does everything he can to make it possible.  God’s commands are not invisible or out of reach – but here among us – and that was even before Jesus made it all the more accessible.  God longs for us to know and love him. It’s not difficult – but it does demand a decision.

God invites us to come to him, to live our life in the way he desires – and what abundance we will receive in him when we do.

Lord,
Thank you that you are accessible,
not aloof,
longing to give me so much.
But I know I have a choice to make –
to follow your ways or not.
Not to make life easier,
not to receive more or better things,
but to know you,
and the depths of your love.

Reaching Out – Christmas Day 3

Always be gentle with others. The Lord will soon be here. Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.

Kenneth Allen [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

I can say no better than Nouwen’s quote:

When God has become our Shepherd, our refuge, our fortress, when we can reach out to him in the midst of the broken world and feel at home while still on the way. When God swells in us, we can enter in a wordless dialogue with him while still waiting on the day that he will lead us into the house where he has prepared a place for us

And I thank God for that!

God invites you and me to reach out to him anew.

And the prayer from the book:

Lord,

stretch out our perspective

so that it expands in your direction.

Remind us that we are not alone

and that you are with us

Today

we ask you to extend your loving concern

to the whole of your earthly peoples,

especially

to those who have had

no chance to know you and your Word directly.

Amen and Amen

That is what Christmas truly means

This year for Advent – and into Christmas, some friends and I are using Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen.   You’re welcome to join us on this journey.  Feel free to comment here, or on Twitter using #adventbookclub

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