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As I read this passage from Mark, Jesus' deep love for others stands out. The woman was
suffering. She knew if she could just touch Jesus she would be healed. Immediately after
touching him, she was freed from her suffering. Jesus said, "Daughter, your faith has
healed you." These two healing stories show us that Jesus' heart is for healing things that seem impossible to heal.

Today, we are called to connect and love others. Through faith we can spread the word of God by our actions. How so? Reread the promise in verse 36; what does it say? Jesus is bringing us together at the National Youth Gathering to have us be Jesus' hands and feet and show others his deep love. Jesus shows us, by healing these two people, that this is part of why we go to Houston.

(Reflections by Jordan Hermansen, 10th Grade, Central High School, Aberdeen, S.D.)

Dear God, help me to do your work with my hands. I know it will not be easy, but give me the strength to go beyond my comfort zone and be the light of Jesus for others. Amen.

Kevin Bergeson, '07
Staff Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, S.D.

Mark 5:21-43 (NRSV)

21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea.
22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet
23 and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live."
24 So he went with him. And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him.
25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years.
26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse.
27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak,
28 for she said, "If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well."
29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease.
30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my clothes?"
31 And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, "Who touched me?' "
32 He looked all around to see who had done it.
33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.
34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."
35 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader's house to say, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?"
36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe."
37 He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
38 When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly.
39 When he had entered, he said to them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping."
40 And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was.
41 He took her by the hand and said to her, "Talitha cum," which means, "Little girl, get up!"
42 And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement.
43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


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