Thought for the day – Wednesday 17 June

Thought for the day - Wednesday 17 June

Dear All

As we know scientists all over the world, in a major, collaborative and international effort, are working relentlessly to find a cure for the current pandemic. To date, only yesterday, in fact, a remarkable breakthrough was announced. There is now, and widely available, an inexpensive steroid currently being used for the treatment of other conditions that have been found to be very effective in the treatment of Coronavirus. Although it is not a complete cure many lives will be saved as the search for a comprehensive one continues.

Through the centuries and in various countries and cultures remedies of one kind or another have been used for all manner of ailments. Some have proved to be effective while others are of the ‘snake oil’ variety. Here in Britain for example, we have discovered many medical, scientific cures for deadly conditions that wreaked havoc in the population. Before the discovery of penicillin, for example, many minor ailments could ‘develop’ and kill. They often did. Many deadly illnesses have now been eradicated or at least, are successfully treated.

In desperation, my guess is that we will try anything to help a loved one or ourselves if we thought it would cure an illness. Desperate circumstances lead to desperate, not always successful measures. Some folk do go to extreme lengths and the woman in our story did. She had spent all her money to no avail and was now desperate. She came to Jesus.

It was her last try for a cure, even though it was her last resort, she came expecting nothing less than a cure as she approached him anonymously in a crowd. All she needed, she thought, was to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment such was her faith. She desperately wanted a cure, she genuinely believed she would find a cure, and she found in Jesus Christ a cure and an end to her troubles.

Not everyone will find a cure for their illnesses, we know that from bitter experience and we sometimes wonder why that is. Why does God allow suffering at all when he could, if he wished, put an end to it all? Is it our lack of faith, or what? The answer is we do not know and no amount of well-meaning platitudes are of much comfort.

What we do know is that God loves us and cares for us and that with or without illness he knows our plight. We are not unknown, anonymous entities in a universe too big to describe, but people for whom Jesus came to seek and save.

We pray for the healing of our loved ones and in praying for them, we and they are often strengthened to face the realities that we would sooner avoid. Jesus himself prayed in his anguish, ‘Father take this cup from me’.

Sometimes we discover that healing is not only of the body but of the mind and soul too and an honest sense of the mysteries of God’s sovereignty is more credible than a vain attempt to explain the unexplainable.

Today I ask you to think/meditate on these things.

God bless you!

Jim.

JBoag@churchofscotland.org.uk

MARK 5: 24-34

So Jesus went with him. 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 realized 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. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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