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Reaching for Grace

“And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.”
—Mark 6:56

Sarah felt frazzled most days. She was the mother of active twin toddlers. She worked part-time at a local auto shop. She was active in her church and community.

One day, Lily, an older woman who volunteered at Sarah’s church, asked Sarah out for coffee.

Sarah went because she didn’t want to hurt the other woman’s feelings. But she was surprised by how quickly she connected with Lily. Despite their age difference, it felt like they’d known each other all their lives.

That’s how Sarah found herself pouring out her heart. She shared about how rundown she felt and how she longed to feel Jesus next to her.

Lily listened as Sarah spoke then said, “How much time do you spend reaching for Jesus each day?”

“What do you mean?” Sarah asked.

“Well, you have to reach for Jesus and His grace each day,” the older woman explained. “Sometimes, that might mean reading a few verses in your Bible, playing praise music on your way to work, or praying over your sick child. It doesn’t have to be big or take hours. You can reach for Jesus throughout the day.”

Sarah took the other woman’s words to heart and made it a priority to look for little ways she could focus on Jesus each day.


God, help me to reach for grace each morning. Let me make connecting with You my highest priority. Please give me the strength to face the day ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Mark 6:56

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