31st January 2020

A Tale of Two Pities

“He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’”
“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.”
Mark 5:23, 25-26 (NIVUK)

The scriptures above, taken from a passage in Mark 5:21-43 contain not one harrowing story, but two. Two tales of two women, one younger, one older, each in a poignant predicament. The first a dying daughter, whose age is 12 short years. The second a victim of chronic menstruation for 12 long years. The prognosis for each is dire; the life ebbing from one, the life blood flowing from the other. Both without hope; one running out of time, the other out of money.

Without healing, neither will ever experience the joy of childbirth. Without courage, neither would have a chance. Without faith, neither would have encountered her Saviour. Without Jesus, both would have been lost. One touched Him with her hand and received healing. He touched the other with His hand and restored her life. Both received back everything they lost, through belief that the One who created all things, holds all things together (Colossians 1:16-17 NLV).

Thank you, Father, for your amazing grace, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Peter Mill

About the Author:
Peter Mill is an Elder and the Missions Developer of the National Ministry Team of Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland. He and his wife, Jackie, are Pastoral Workers for Grace Communion International in Scotland and Ireland.

Local Congregation:
GCI, Edinburgh
Gilmerton New Church
Ravenscroft Street
EH17 8QJ

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Mill
Email: edinburgh@gracecom.church

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