21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and 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.” 24So he went with him.
And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying close attention to the deep breath
- As you scan your body and your thoughts, consider what in you needs to be made well.
- As you engage your faith, complete this phrase, “If I but _________, I will be made well.”
- Continue to say this phrase to yourself over and over in sync with your breath.
- Bring your fears and your tremblings before Christ.
- Kneel before Christ.
- Tell Christ the whole truth.
- Believe your faith in Jesus Christ will make you well.
- Seek the peace within you.
- Be awake and aware in your day as you encounter signs of healing. Be open to the healing Jesus has for you. Seek the peace within you.
- At the close of day, review the events of the day and see where you encountered Jesus. What kind of healing did Jesus have for you?
- Repeat again tomorrow and each day to come as you wish.
- Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, July 1, 2012, the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27
2 Corinthians 8:7-15
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.