Today’s Reading: Luke 8: 43-48
Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
Last May, my family and I had the opportunity to travel to Egypt and Israel, to see the Holy Land where Christianity was born. I love this picture titled “The Encounter”, a mural-sized painting on the wall which gives us a snapshot of the encounter of the bleeding woman who tries to touch Jesus for healing.
In Luke 8:43-48 we see Jesus walking through thick crowds to get to Jairus’s daughter and on the way, this happens:
And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years,[a] but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
I love how this short encounter shows us how our saviour heals and restores. This bleeding woman didn’t even talk to Jesus but believed in his healing power and believed that if she just touched him he would be healed. Man, I hope and I pray that I have faith like that.
I am amazed that after twelve years of bleeding she still had hope. The reality is, it doesn’t matter how long you have suffered when you have hope in Jesus, he heals and he restores.
In this season of social-distancing and with so many of us grieving what we hoped this season and time in our life would be; I encourage you to find hope, and find joy in your circumstances. Right now, in this season of pause in the ‘normal’ maybe Jesus is trying to heal and restore something in you that once was broken and bleeding and now he is healing.
This picture titled “The Encounter”, it depicts the bleeding woman touching the edge of Jesus prayer shawl. I want to encourage you, wherever you’re at today to choose prayer; even if you haven’t prayed in months or maybe ever in your life, try it! Pray for yourself, your family, your community, our country, our leaders, our front-line workers, and anyone else and any situation that you want to lift up to God. Our God, my Jesus listens and wants to hear the voices of his children.
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