The recent heat wave has been accompanied by impressive wind/thunder storms. The one on Saturday night knocked out our power and we didn’t get it back until about 5 pm Sunday (yesterday). The older I am the less well I handle heat (actually it’s not the heat so much as the feel of trickling sweat that bugs me). Yesterday I laid down to try to nap in the afternoon but only succeeded in getting into the drowsy head space when things slide in and out of my brain- not really asleep but not really consciously thinking either….
Anyway a few of those thoughts:
And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, ?If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.? 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, ?Who touched my garments?? 31 And his disciples said to him, ?You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ?Who touched me??? 32 And he looked around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, ?Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.?
This is a familiar story but I was struck by the use of the word “Immediately”. The woman was healed as soon as she reached out and touched Jesus and He knew what had happened right away. Isn’t this how it is with us too? As soon as we are willing to have a relationship with God, He responds and grants healing.
What is the “law of kindness”? I think it certainly includes speaking kindly, and acting kindly towards our children and husbands, but I wonder too if kindness isn’t supposed to be one of the foundations of what we teach our children. How often to I find myself telling them “Don’t.” “Stop pestering each other.” “You may not snatch toys.”?
Perhaps I should rather be saying “Are you being as kind to __ as you can be?” “Is your heart/attitude to bless your brother/sister?” ” How can each of you play so that everyone has as much fun as possible?” “How can you minister grace to one another?”