March 21st Lenten Devotion


Julie Holm

Matthew 9:18-26

I have a two year old granddaughter; she is the joy of my life.   Since she lives across the street from me, I get to see her every day, and I just love her to pieces!

It hurts my heart to try to imagine my granddaughter ill to the death like the girl in this story; but in raising 3 children, I have experienced them hurt and sick in ways I could not remedy, and know the sorrow of being helpless in the face of my child’s suffering.

And I can understand the struggle of the woman with the issue as well, having struggled with “women’s” illnesses including uterine fibroids and breast cancer.

For Jesus, as for most first century Jews, these women, their lives, and their faith had value.  Unlike most first century Jews, Jesus could do something about it.

Jesus still can.   We might not see the dramatic miracles that we read of in Jesus’ day, but our Christ is with us through all our illnesses, walking beside us always.  Even though today he works through the miracle of doctors and nurses and radiation technicians, and even the people who mop the floors to make sure that random germs are eliminated.

What is more, Jesus can touch the ills that are within us so deep we share them with no one: our lonliness and isolation, our fears, our deepest sorrows, indeed even our sin.   Jesus is the healer of every ill.

“Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, grant us peace beyond our tears, and hope beyond our sorrow.” – Marty Haugen

 Julie Holm is the pastor of three small rural churches in central Pennsylvania, and works within both UCC and ELCA traditions.


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