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‘Touch but his clothes’

From the May 2019 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Yellow cloth blowing in the wind

Mark 5:28

Seeking hope where none had been
   she felt an expectant turning
      from all that had failed to heal.
And so she pushed
   through pressing crowd
      determined to reach where he stood.
Her initial outreach to the Christ
   touched just the fringes
      of his garment.
Yet, she was healed, 
   her faith proved strong,
      and Jesus sent her on her way to go in peace.
Was she emboldened
   not to just touch but his clothes,
      but to fully embrace the Christ?
Did her restoration shine 
   for all to see
      offering hope to others where none had been?
Could they, too, feel an expectant turning,
   their tentative outreach
      a Christly yearning?
And so we see the gospel spread
   though centuries pass
      each one when healed may go in peace.
Each healing shines for all to see
   the power of
      a Christly touch.

—Laura Bantly

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