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Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)
TITLE: Tassel Touching
By Anita van der Elst
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Halfway across the suspension bridge, she paused, leaned on the railing, the rushing water beneath her echoing her excitement and sense of refreshment. Her thoughts continued. I am so glad we made it to the retreat this weekend! It’s been a precious time, reconnecting with God and church family in this more intimate setting.
The worship time that morning had been especially meaningful to her. The pastor spoke about the woman in the crowd who touched the hem of the garment Jesus wore and received healing of her ailment. He explained that the hem would have had tassels on it.
Annie meditated there on the bridge, zeroing in on “touching the tassel” on the hem of his garment. A number of changes in the past year, including a move to a new city that required spending more time on the freeway than she cared to and a number of friends moving away, had challenged her. Annie was of a temperament that didn’t do well with change; it drained her of the energy to live more joyfully.
If I could just “touch the tassel” of Jesus’ robe, she thought, and believe that He has all the power I need to get me through what challenges me the most, what would that be like? She took in the scene below her. Water swirled, pounded on rocks, surged forward. It was the inspiration she needed. Her spirit spanned the chasm as she reached out and touched the tassel. A river of relief and gratitude cascaded as she discovered his power was there.
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