Touching the Hem

Matthew 9:20 The story of the woman who suffered for 12 years thought to herself: “If I only touch the hem of his cloak, I will be made well.”   Jesus saw her and said “Take heart  daughter; your faith has made you well.”

I shared with Dave, the other day, that I remember it was only a few months ago I had to spend most of my time resting, in bed from these surgeries, and the amount of walking I was able to do was about the length of two houses. 

I am still recovering my strength, but my eyes see with a much deeper appreciation and gratitude for how beautiful the world is and how all of us are Divinely Ordained.

Living in and from a consciousness that I am being lived by Spirit shifts my awareness onto my own being where I consciously and, I would like to say continuously, can touch the hem of the garment.

This hem of the garment is a metaphor for our spiritual nature, and what I notice is when I touch this hem, I soften, as all the pettiness, competition, and rigidity of egocentric opinions fall away.

We are never able to really see ourselves clearly, so as Richard Rohr says, often we are like the guy on the corner holding the sign “Repent” written on both sides for others to see.   Repent means to change your mind and the only mind we can change is our own – Our mind is changed when we stop telling others to change or repent, turn within and touch the hem. 

Sometimes we go along holding the sign for twelve years until….something happens and we can’t hold it anymore.  What a spiritual gift!

Metaphysically, twelve is a symbol of completion.  A woman represents our feeling nature,  and as I decide to keep touching the hem of my spiritual awareness my heart opens more and I feel whole, unlimited and ready to live.

Resting helps me to still my mind, and savor the time of spiritual communion with Source.     

“Take heart daughter; your faith has made you well.” I invite you to shift from all you are doing and feel your aliveness. This is what makes us well. 

Blessings, Rev Janice 



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