We come: bleeding and believing

Even familiar paths seem darker

Good Morning, God

The scripture this morning was Mark 5 — about the woman with the issue of blood being healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ robe. I really identified, God. Maybe women feel this story more than men. Twelve years! And, the society made her “unclean” — a societal leper — making anything she touched unclean!

Our pastor Mary went on to say that she had come “bleeding and believing.” Wow! That phrase hit me. We are all invited to come — bleeding and believing — to be healed.

I am real clear on the bleeding. Alas, my believing could use a lot of help. Do I believe You can heal? YES! I DO! But, I falter when I am believing You will heal me. And I fall down flat, when it comes to believing You will heal our World. Why? I believe it is Your Desire to heal! But, I have this feeling that I have to 1) want to be healed and 2) follow Your instructions to receive healing.

So, God? What would be so awful about healing us against our will?

Oh, hmmm. It is this “free will” thing. And free will bleeds into our “personal responsibility” thing. Yes! I sort of understand. We are Your Children. We are not Your Puppets. And so . . . I mess up. We as species mess up . . . mess up frequently and horribly. Freedom is messy. But, perhaps it is WHY we are here on Planet Earth?

Please help me. Help me to redouble my efforts to offer to You the Sacrifice of Praise (Hebrews 13:15). Praise founded only on trust. . . what little I have.

Story teller,

Posted in a prayer for healing, Believing, connecting, Faith, Prayer, praying, Praying for our enemies, Sacrifice, The sacrifice of praise, trust, Trusting God

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