By Marlana Branning

“But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’” Mark 5:33 Jesus was an incredible listener. He didn’t let busyness keep Him from listening. While traveling to heal Jairus’ daughter, He took the time to stop and listen to the story of the woman who touched his garment. What a powerful moment for this woman. She had been sick for so long and knew that if she could just touch Jesus, she would be healed. Not only did she touch His clothing as He was walking by, she was able to “tell him the whole truth” about her life. He patiently listened to her, even though He was heading somewhere else. Then Jesus told her that she was healed because of her faith in Him. What a powerful story! If Jesus had not taken the time to listen to this woman, her life would not have been changed. How many times do we ignore those around us because we get so distracted by our phones, our busy schedule, and our own circumstances?


Many people in our lives are just waiting for someone to sit down and listen to them. Is there anyone in your life who needs a phone call today? Do you need to pick up the phone, ask them how they are, and just listen?


Ask your students if they have friends who they know nothing about. Ask them if they know their friends’ siblings, when their birthday is, and how they are feeling about circumstances in life. Try to encourage your student to ask good questions so they can truly listen to their friends.


Children, ask your parents two good questions and truly listen to their answers. You can ask, “How did you sleep last night?” or “What was your favorite part of your day?” It’s never too early to practice showing love by being a good listener.


Jesus, thank You for the beautiful example You have given us of having a patient listening ear. Help us to have Your ears to hear others and give us the grace to minister to them as they need.