A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realised that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it.
“As I have loved you, love one another….” (John 13:34,35) How do we love like Jesus? Again we turn to those who have tried.
In the midst of a mass of people, can be one of the loneliest of places. At a football match, in a club, in a busy office - even sitting in a pew, who notices the one individual needing just a touch?
help mine to be a love that notices:
a love that cares for the one
who is down
Give me your eyes
and your heart
to love like that -
to love as you did
And do even now.
Because that’s the kind of love you love me with
and those I love,
as well as those I don’t
and don’t know.
written by Susan Brown