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"Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, 'Don't be afraid; just believe.'"

– Mark 5:36

Jairus was edgy. His daughter was close to death, and Jesus had allowed himself to be stopped by a bleeding woman. Now, it was over as he heard the whispers from his servants that his daughter had died. What he feared most had happened. The big D in the basement is the longstanding fear of humankind. The one event we can be absolutely certain of is the event that is rarely that far from our minds. One of the church year's gifts is its insistence that we look this fear in the face; literally marking the ashes of our mortality on our heads. Yet Jesus' words continue to echo: just believe.  


Rev. Dr. Laura Truax is the senior pastor of LaSalle Street Church in Chicago and serves on the Seminary Advisory Board at the University of Dubuque. Dr. Truax holds a master of divinity degree from Loyola University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the joint program of North Park Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the author of Undone: When coming apart puts you back together (2013), and Love Let Go: Radical Generosity for the real world (2017) and is part of the Red Letter Christians

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