Despite all appearances I am a bit of an introvert. I like nothing better than to find a quiet spot by myself and read, maybe do a craft project or simply watch the world go by. In my view silence is definitely golden which is a bit of an odd thing to say given the job that I do. Despite my slightly hermit like tendencies, conversations are important because they are the way that we communicate and understand each other and they are they way in which we support each other develop bonds with each other.
Jesus had lots of conversations with lots of people (he also spent time on his own too which is encouraging for someone like me). Over Lent we, with the help of Henry Martin’s book, are eavesdropping on some of the conversations that Jesus had and in our sermon series and Sunday evening lent group we thinking about how these conversations might help us with prayer.
On Sunday morning we began the series by looking at the conversation that Jesus had with the woman a had been bleeding for 12 years (Mark 5:21-34). We thought about how often the things that we are too ashamed to admit to others, to God or even to ourselves are often the things that cause us the most pain in life but also isolate us in all sorts of ways. In the reading the woman initially avoids speaking with Jesus and instead simply wishes to touch the edge of his robe so that she might be healed. Jesus has a greater hope for her than that. She receives physical healing just by touching the edge of his robe but Jesus wants to speak to her face to face, not to embarrass her but to restore her place within the community and relationship with her Heavenly Father.
As we pray this Lent, may we come to Jesus in confidence that desires to restore us to life in all its fullness and seek his face rather than just the edge of his robe.