March 5 - Trueda Gooding


AM Psalm 80; PM Psalm 77, [79]

Genesis 44:18-34; 1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Mark 5:21-43


[Jesus] said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

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?”

- Mark 5:34-35

Two people in need approach Jesus in the midst of a crowd. One, a religious leader whose daughter is near death, has the power to stand out and get Jesus' attention. “My daughter is dying. Come, touch her so she will be well.” Jesus goes with him. The crowd follows.

A woman with a chronic health condition knows she can't get Jesus' attention as the leader did. But she believes that if she can just touch him, she will be healthy again. No one need ever know. She reaches out; her fingers graze his garment. To her astonishment, Jesus knows he has been touched and calls her out in front of the crowd. After listening to her story, he says, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Meanwhile the father learns his daughter has died and there is no point in bringing Jesus home. “Have faith,” Jesus tells him, and they continue on. At the home they are again told it is too late; the little girl is dead. “She is not dead,” Jesus responds. He enters the house, takes her hand, and she gets up and walks. All is well.

Jesus has time for you and me. It doesn't matter if I think I am unimportant or even if I think I'm important. It doesn't matter if I think he is too busy or if I think it's too late to ask. When I ask, he always turns to me and meets me where I am.

- Trueda Gooding