a touch, his touch- Mark 5

21 ‘When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake.22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 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.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 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.27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”35 While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”36 Overhearing[c] what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”37 He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James.38 When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39 He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” 40 But they laughed at him.After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was.41 He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42 Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43 He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.’

1. The two miracles ( Jairus daughter and the woman with the flow ) are connected …

2. How?
In each, a desperate person needs a physical healing…
a younger girl and second an older woman
the first he touches and with the other older woman, he is touched:

both touches involve healing.
In one he is asked by a father who falls to his knees as a beggar, and in the other, he is touched by a woman without money, a beggar, who does not feel worthy enough to be asked. She also falls to her knees as she confesses her touch of Jesus.

Each needs healing; each falls to their needs; each experience Jesus’ touch… and each are healed.

This older woman was probably in the crowd and heard Jairus request. This prompts her to act; to follow Jesus. Jarius’ words stimulate the idea that there is healing in the touch of Jesus.

A lesson here- for us is to touch Jesus, …How?

… ourselves, we touch by studying His word; his life, His death; His resurrection.

More than studying , we cry out to touch because we are called to touch the what can be the untouchable…

our own hearts; our own selves


to share, faithfully ( Joey shards )

each&every day, ( except weekends ) I share a Biblical verse and a related thought on the verse with a small group of brothers, sisters and family … early this 10 May, I received this text .,.

‘ You faithfully share with me every day. Today, I am sharing with you. If my calendar is correct, today is the remembrance of Joey’s death. I don’t know what such a day is like for you, but please consider these thoughts on Philippians 4:7…

‘ And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ‘

Philippians 4:7

“ God does the guarding……through peaceIt is beyond my understandingWill guard your hearts and minds……in Christ Jesus
It is not I, but the peace of God, that does the guarding. He guards both my heart (soul, core, center) and my mind (could be one with the heart as often described in the OT). God’s peace is beyond my understanding. Seek comfort in knowing how much more he is beyond me. The peace is delivered (through the Holy Spirit?) That guards our hearts and minds (btw, this is also collective to the church of Philippi) in Christ Jesus. God the Father authors the peace, it is delivered by the Holy Spirit, it is guarded in us by Jesus.

I pray for you today the peace of God which passes, surpasses, exceeds,(in fact is inestimable) ALL understanding.”

as I give, I have received

Blue Bloods, a shard, a thought

shard: a thought on Blue Bloods

‘ Blue Bloods’ is police procedural features the Reagans, a family in New York City with a history in law enforcement. Typically, Frank (Tom Selleck), Henry (Len Cariou), Jamie (Will Estes), Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), and Erin (Bridget Moynahan) are the show’s main characters all native NYorkers; all in on the ‘city.’ One generation replacing another; no one leaves, Reagan’s are always building, … with law and order.

Recently, after living almost all my life in NYC, ( except for 4 years overseas ) Priscilla and I moved to Dunedin Florida. 

And I thought … am I deserting the city I loved so?

Then I thought of the Reagans: no family in NYC has ever builder with children succeeding parents in places of real authority: no Beames or Kochrs; no Lindsays or .., Reagans….


Real NYorkers come for a time; and past on…changed by the City. 

And if fortunate they may also be change agents in our City.

a shard… a reflection thought from Deuteronomy 18: 13

an essential, essential question, what does God write, speak to us, to be…

so- a first translation…

13 ‘Perfect thou art with Jehovah thy God, ‘ (Young’s literal Translation) 

and from the New Living Translation –

13 ‘But you must be blameless before the Lord your God.’

and finally, the New International Version –

13 ‘You must be blameless before the Lord your God.’

A shard… 

Our contemporary translations ( NLT; NIV ) tells us what we should be before the Lord God: blameless. Blameless as we stand, blameless, without shame before a Holy God.

And the implication is that we have to do so on our own before we come before Him; …come by our own strength; by our own power, own might;

by our own wills.

and Yet..,

Young’s translation is more literal, and, I believe, truer to the Hebrew text ( it is – after all – a literal translation ) as it directly states that ‘ we are perfect with Jehovah.’


God stands with us and by this, His stand, we are perfect.


So, as we move, and work, walk and even rest this day, know He is with us –

with us.

In all ways. We just have to see close our eyes and see….


light… ( a thought )

light… ( a thought )

a thought, first from 
Psalm 97:11, ( with footnote) Light shines[a] on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.Psalm 97:11 [a] from a Hebrew manuscript and other ancient versions (see also Psalm 112:4); … in most Hebrew manuscripts ‘Light’ is sown and in, Psalm 97: 4 ‘ Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. 5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,who conduct their affairs with justice.’

The images here are all about light; light that dawns; light that sows, that plants, as a heart that enriches, that seeds. Light in these Psalms is something that holds and lifts.
It is a generous gift from the Lord. Light lives as one of his greatest gifts. Thus, 
‘ I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.” – Isaiah 44:22

In His word, His Light, His life, all darkness and mists are swept away. Only His Light remains.

from Cold Mountain…

a response to those who hurt, scared, abused, lied …

“What you have lost will not be returned to you; it always be lost. You’re left with only your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on, or not. But if you go on, it’s knowing you carry your scars with you.”

in Florida I ..

… see sad, sad, woman – women with

baby carriages ( McLaren ? )

– their very, hearts, in the form of of a qu.,,

…ite quite small dog, so –

– very,

small animals, in a baby their, hers,

McLaren stroller…

but, – stroll – we packed all going overseas, all, but..

not the McLaren