Where Reality Meets Hope

Deuteronomy 32-34

Luke 8:26-56

In Luke 8:40 we read about Jesus arriving and finding a crowd had gathered in anticipation of his returning. Within the crowd were two people of vary different positions in life, both in desperate need of healing. Jairus was a man of position; he was a ruler in the synagogue. He was affiliated with a group that vehemently apposed Jesus. Despite his rank and affiliations he came and fell at the feet of Jesus on behalf of his twelve year old daughter who lay dying. The nameless women had carried her affliction for twelve years. It had robbed her of her wealth, her strength and caused her to remain ceremonially unclean under the Levitical Law. Neither was supposed to be there.

Both had found themselves at that awful place where reality comes crashing in stark opposition to hope. It’s a place where we hear words like, “I can do nothing else for you.” It’s a place that separates the faithful from the faithless. Those without a living faith often become resentful, hardened, bitter or reclusive. They often strike out against or alienate themselves from the ones closest to them. Many times they look for relief in ways that are harmful such as the bottle or the needle.

But the faithful find that faith in Jesus gives rise to hope. The women wouldn’t dare think of coming before Jesus in her condition but believed that if she was close enough to just touch the edge of his garment she would be healed. Jairus put aside his prejudice and preconceptions and pleaded for a miracle. Both received what they desired from Christ, but not without the women being recognized as a “daughter” and being commended for her faith, or Jairus being further tested by the news that his daughter had died. One simply touched and one simply trusted.

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About Richard McGill

Hi, my name is Richard McGill and my family and I started attending CCC shortly after moving to the area eighteen years ago. Although eighteen years may sound like a long time it has past by so quickly. My wife, Sharon, and I have seen our four children grow and have twice experienced that bitter sweet day when we have loosened our grasp so that our children, could begin families of their own. Sharon and I have been more than rewarded for our sacrifices in that we again, on occasion, have in our home the squeals of laughter that only comes from innocence and youth. We revel in the titles that have been bestowed by sweet little voices and thrill to hear them say Papa and Memaw. In addition to our two married children we have two that are preparing for their future through education. Jenny is finishing her sophomore year at SIU and Alex will graduate from high school this spring. Throughout the past eighteen years I have been privileged to serve in several capacities at CCC. I have been a small group leader, greeter, usher, in the Easter production, on the worship team and have taught Sunday School. While I am honored to be asked to contribute to this most recent effort, I can’t help but wonder if they’re not still trying to find something that I am good at. View all posts by Richard McGill

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