The Hem of His Garment

Hampden United Methodist Church

unnamed womanThe Hem of His Garment

Mark 5:21-43

How many of you are twelve years old or younger?  I have three daughters, all twelve twelve and under. For those of you here this morning who are under twelve, twelve years probably seems like forever, doesn’t it?  I’m sure it does, because it’s your whole lifetime!

For others of us here this morning who are more “senior” (myself included), twelve years might seem like a tiny blip on a screen.

But for anyone suffering day in and day out with pain, or loneliness, or isolation, twelve years can seem like an eternity.

The unnamed woman in Mark’s Gospel account had been suffering with what the Bible calls an “issue of blood” or hemorrhaging for twelve long, excruciating years.  She tried everything, she spent all of her money on expensive medical treatments, but to no avail. In fact she grew worse.

But…

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