Individual Workbook Exercise #2: Insert yourself in Mark 5:23-34 (7 min)

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Please go to Individual Exercise #2 (Session 1) of your workbook or work off of the same instructions displayed below.

Individual Exercise #2

The women with the flow of blood

Read the story found in Mark 5:23-34 three times, following the steps listed after the biblical text.

22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24 So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26 She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29 Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 He looked all around to see who had done it. 33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

  1. The first time, read it so that you can visualize the basic action of the story. Try to picture the scene.
  2. The second time, read it more with your emotions. Imagine what the woman feels as she approaches Jesus. Imagine what she feels as Jesus responds. 
  3. Now, pause and refresh yourself on the anxiety you identified at the beginning of the session. Recall how you experience this anxiety.
  4. For your third and final reading, insert that experience into the story. Imagine yourself as the person approaching Jesus with your own feelings of anxiety. Imagine what it is like to experience Jesus’ response to you. 

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