But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth.  Mark 5: 33

Jesus, our intuitive brother,

Your body told you that somebody had touched you.

She had touched you with courage

pushing past bodies to reach you.

May we push past and make way.

May we tell the whole truth and listen

Because you were arrested by this woman

whose tortured story

changed you.


In your life, whose tortured story changed you?  A relative who battled with illness?  Someone you know who has been rejected due to a stand they made on a particular issue? George Floyd? Have you been the tortured one seeking healing?  What gets in the way of getting near hope?

Patty and I watched a documentary recently entitled Crip Camp – A Disability Revolution.  Young teens with Spina Bifida, Polio, and Cerebral Palsy were invited to this Catskill Mountain summer camp run by hippies in the 1970’s.  Campers were allowed to be themselves, openly share their frustrations, joys, and have fun without restrictions, like all teenagers.  The documentary followed many of the campers into their adult life.  Many of them went on to be influential in advocating for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed in 1990.  We were in awe of the courage and persistence of these remarkable children of God.

Lord, in your mercy, remove the barriers so all your children can live abundantly.  Amen.

*Daily Prayers with the Corrymeela Community, Canterbury Press (2017)  by Padraig O’Tuama