Mark 6:53-56

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Diana Boihem.

When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed. Mark 6:53-56

This text comes just after the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand and walking on water, so the word is out that Jesus has already been performing miracles before he heals the sick in today’s text.

I can only imagine what it must have been like to witness such amazing and beautifully remarkable events. I find it completely understandable that people living in the time of Jesus, who heard of His powers, would make every effort to approach Him and receive healing. I am impressed with their faith– that just being in Christ’s presence to “touch even the fringe of his cloak” would heal them.

But what about today, so many years after Jesus walked among us? Does Jesus still perform miracles in our lives?

I don’t have the benefit of first- hand experience that the believers in the text did, but I believe He is with us. I have felt His presence, in good times and bad, and been strengthened by it. I have not seen Him, but I have seen His followers. I am comforted in the knowledge that He loves me. I am thankful that He walked among us, died for us, and continues to be present in our lives.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, Open our hearts to the everyday miracles in our lives, especially when it is difficult to believe. Give us strength for what comes, and use us for good, that we too may carry your story forward. Amen.

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2 Responses to “Mark 6:53-56”

  1. kirk921 Says:

    A Men

  2. Carolee Groux Says:

    Diana, I too am am amazed at the miracles the people of Jesus’ day witnessed. We too can be alert to the miracle sightings that prove God still walks among us.
    I particularly like and can relate to what you wrote here:

    “I don’t have the benefit of first- hand experience that the believers in the text did, but I believe He is with us. I have felt His presence, in good times and bad, and been strengthened by it. I have not seen Him, but I have seen His followers. I am comforted in the knowledge that He loves me. I am thankful that He walked among us, died for us, and continues to be present in our lives.”

    Amen to that, Diana.

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