2011-02-03 / Church

Today’s Meditation

From The Upper Room The World’s Most Widely Read Daily Devotional Guide

Read Matthew 9:18-26

A woman . . . came up behind [Jesus] and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”

-Matthew 9:2021 (NIV)

Part of my five years on a U.S. Navy ship included three sixmonth deployments. Each time that I was gone, I ached to be with my family, longing for the day we would be reunited. Every few weeks, mail would be brought on board with letters and pictures from my wife. Sometimes we would pull into a port where I could call her. These little touches with my wife made a connection that turned my sorrow to joy.

I see a connection between my attitude at sea and our attitudes about the Christian life. We yearn for a connection with Christ, but in the meantime, we may feel alone or even abandoned. But we are not alone. Christ has left us many ways to touch him. Like my wife, Christ gives us love letters in the Bible and pictures in creation. Christ gives us friendship with God’s other children, and he always has a line open so that we can talk to him in prayer. We do not have to wait to get to heaven to touch Christ’s garment and be made whole. We can do it right now.

Jeff Boyer

(Washington, USA)

Prayer: Dearest Lord Jesus, help us to connect with you each day, to touch you in any way that we can as we pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”* Amen.

Thought for the Day: Go to www.upperroom.org to see a picture of Jeff and his wife, taken while he was in the U.S. Navy.

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