God, help me to figure out what I need,
and hear my prayer when I am bold enough to ask for it.
Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak,
for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.”
Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” and instantly the woman was made well.
Matthew 20:30-34 NRSV
There were two blind men sitting by the roadside.
When they heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, ‘Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!’
The crowd sternly ordered them to be quiet; but they shouted even more loudly, ‘Have mercy on us, Lord, Son of David!’
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’
They said to him, ‘Lord, let our eyes be opened.’
Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they regained their sight and followed him.
Emily Heath is the Senior Pastor of the Congregational Church in Exeter, New Hampshire, and the author of Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity.