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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 26, 2013

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FRIDAY, July 26

Mark 5:21-43. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?”

What if the bleeding woman had not decided to approach Jesus. What if she had told herself, “Just who do you think you are?” and returned home? Jesus would have been less that day. The woman’s reaching out drew forth power from Jesus, power that he was eager to share with those who had faith.

This happens among us, too. Working in Actors’ Repertory Theater in Rutland, Vermont, I, a first time actor, was astounded at what happened on opening night. We had rehearsed and rehearsed, and we knew our lines, where to stand, when to enter; but opening night we were better. When the audience laughed, we became funnier, more animated. I had never dreamed that the audience would draw forth power from us.

It happens in church, too, especially when there is chanting. Voice speaks to voice, and music is made, better than any one voice.

We are meant to be in community, to share our talents and our needs, to draw forth from each other the best we have. Even Jesus needed the bleeding woman’s touch, and touched, he, the Son of God, was able to be the Healer.

PRAY for the Diocese of Peshawar (Pakistan)

Ps 40, 54 * 51; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; Acts 15:12-21



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