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Lenten Devotional – Day 17 – Body, Mind, and Soul

Scripture Readings:  Genesis 44:18-34;   1 Corinthians 7:25-31;   Mark 5:21-43

He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”  – Mark 5:34

This passage speaks of a woman who has been bleeding for twelve years. She has tried many physicians and has not been cured. She felt that if she went to Jesus he could cure her. He was her last hope.

In the huge crowd she approaches Jesus and touches his robe, feeling that that would be sufficient to cure her. Imagine her surprise when Jesus turns around and asked who touched him! Would you be brave enough to confess that it was you? The woman fell at his feet and told him that she had done it. Imagine her relief when he replied, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease.”

Disease can be of the body, of the mind, of the soul or all three. How often have you talked to Jesus and asked him to help heal you? In our family there was a very emotionally stressful situation in which two of my family members were at odds with each other. Because of my love for both of them I was in a great deal of distress. For two years I prayed daily for a resolution to the problem which would bring them back together. It was through another adversity that the situation was resolved, and we are again a whole family.

Jesus helps us through our disease in body, mind, and soul. Persistence and faith are necessary to help us reach the resolution.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, help me to be persistent in all my works, so that I can do thy will and serve thee in all aspects of my life. AMEN




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