A Brief Encounter

As I was reading my morning Scripture, I am now in Mark, Chapter 6, I was struck by verse 56: “And where He came, in villages, cities, or countryside, they laid the sick in the marketplaces and implored Him that they might touch even the fringe of His garment. And as many as touched it were made well.”  A simple touch. A simple reaching out. The briefest of encounters with the Christ brought healing.

Sometimes I think we believe we have to have some kind of major transformation, encounter, or huge “come-to-Jesus” moment to believe that Christ is in our hearts and bring healing (in mind, body, spirit, relationships, finances, work, whatever our healing looks like to us) into our lives. My heart moved this morning as something stirred within me, “Does it? Wasn’t just reaching out and simply touching the fringe of Jesus’ garment enough to be made well? That’s what Mark tells us. A simple, brief encounter and they received their heart’s desire. “And as many as touched it were made well.” It doesn’t say a few were made well, or some were made well, or the righteous were made well. It reads, “As many as touched it were made well.” That means, in my mind, ALL.

We are approaching the celebration of Christmas in just a few days. Maybe instead of looking for a major encounter of some sort, or thinking that perhaps you just might miss Christmas if you don’t get all the stuff done, perhaps just take a few moments, in the quiet, and read again, Mark 6:56:

“And wherever He came…as many as touched it were made well.”

Take a quiet moment, away from the busyness of this Season. Pause. Reflect. Meditate. Visualize yourself as one of them…reaching out…touching the fringe…your heart’s desire…your faith is reaching…to the Savior…and you are made well! A life-change from a very brief encounter with the very Son of God…the baby…His fringe..His life…His love…His blood…His renewal…for YOU!

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