Making Headlines

by lois

i was meditating on the woman with the issue of blood this morning in Mark 5. although the headline for this story reads

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

the emphasis was on the dead girl, that is the more important need after all, the sick woman was a secondary issue.

When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.

At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”

“You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”

But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?”

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

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12 years of suffering!

yes, i can relate.

and she hears of Jesus' healing power and she 'pushes through' the crowd to reach him.

yes, i too have pushed through alot of pain to seek him out.

she touches him and instantly knows she is healed. and instantly, Jesus too knows someone touched him.

i so love that correlation.

and he asks, 'Who touched me?'

didn't he know? yes, of course he did. but then why does he ask, who are you? where are you?

i was so touched by the idea that Jesus had a message for this woman as he does for each one of us because the most dramatic thing that happened, still has not happened yet. NO, her healing was NOT the most important thing!

'I was the one who touched you!' she spoke up trembling with fear.

another thing to push through- her fear!

"Daughter" Jesus begins..because you dared to believe (or push through) your faith has healed you. Go with peace in your heart and be free from your suffering.'

so what WAS the most important thing here if not her healing? What if Jesus let that moment go after all a dying child awaits him. and what if she got her healing but got lost in that crowd?

it was the moment of intimacy that Jesus initiated just for this woman. he stopped everything to speak directly to her.

and to you, and to me and to ALL his daughters. because although we want to fix things and relieve our pain (and rightly so) we don't want just our healing, only to be lost in the crowd.

i don't want to miss God's heart for intimacy. 12 years on.. she was stretched and so are you and so am i. we are ALL stretched!

i bless you, Daughters, to push through, for the joy set before you, knowing he is with you and can and will speak a word that changes everything. do not lose heart. you are amazing at the perseverance shown with the hard road you have walked and continue to do so AND be life-giving!

i ask that the miracle of this woman will also be our miracle. you can reach down into us all in a variegated way and touch us in our deepest time of need. do so now, i ask in your name.

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Mar 24, 2018
Not just healing...
by: D.

AMEN - not just healing... but close connection and intimacy with The One. The true treasure.

Mar 25, 2018
Healing
by: Anonymous

mmmm so interesting... the more I meditate on this the more He reveals.. the healing seems secondary... the questions 'who are you', 'where are you' remind me of Father's questions in the garden... He knew full well where Adam was as did Jesus already know the woman... so what does He want from us ... what answer does He want from us... 'I am she whom you love?'.....He's a good good Father.. that's who He is that's who HE is.. and I am loved by You, that's who I am, that's who I am'... that's all that matters... everything else in this world here and now is secondary

Mar 25, 2018
Making Headlines
by: Anonymous

So encouraging, Lois. Jesus is just so caring of us, and meets our needs in His way and time. Thanks, Jesus.

Mar 26, 2018
Daughter...
by: Joan

As I re-read thispersonal story of yours Lois, I somehow found myself in the fragile trembling skin of that woman with the issue of blood…
I could feel the overwhelming ache of one who'd just summoned every last scrap of strength to reach out to touch... Yes, to actually touch any part of anyone's garment was forbidden... tallit, cloak, shirt, whatever... because... well, because all these twelve years it was like I’d has been 'unclean' myself... I was like, by the Law itself, so totally excluded from being touched by anyone… all those lonely, dirty years while I had that bloody issue, the bleeding from my private parts that never truly stopped… lest anyone be contaminated! I was legally unclean! And now, since I’d been drawn by a hope in this Man I’d been hearing about… trying to play invisible, skirting round the crowd… watching… dodging… weaving… crawling in the dust between their ever-moving legs… where I shouldn't be.
Maybe… just maybe, I could touch this Man's clothes! His tallit… Yes, His tallit!
Just maybe I could be made whole…
And now, He’s asking "Who touched me?"
Yes, he asked… and waited and waited… I was hardly able to breathe!
"Yes," I 'fessed up! "I touched you!"
They moved back… And now everyone could see and hear me... prostrate with quivering shame...
And then he spoke...
"Daughter!"
The gentlest, most loving, healing word I’d heard in many a year!
Daughter... relationship... acceptance... gentleness... love...
Twelve years of isolation, aloneness and shame were being wiped away! Healing balm!
Daughter! I was a person… identity!
I gathered my trembling legs up from the hard earth
Daughter! I had a right to be… legitimacy!
Here I was, sort of standing in the middle of this circle of loose-packed, questioning,straining bodies that had made room for me… and Him.
Daughter! Took a deep breath as I looked into His eyes… He was giving me another treasure! The glorious tingling as it rippled all the way down to my now firmly planted feet! Dignity!
I was standing as tall as I could… with dignity
And to sweetly seal it…
"Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."
And I was!


Apr 16, 2018
Hidden Treasure
by: Betty

Lois, I love this article! I love what you noticed that I never saw before. His giving her intimacy was such a precious gift, as it is for all of us. I was just thinking about how she had been shunned because she was unclean due to the issue of blood.
She had been a social outcast for so many long lonely years. So that gift that Jesus gave her was all the more exquisitely beautiful and strategic because of her situation. He gave her dignity and honor along with the intimacy and healing. That was more than she could even have imagined. Thank you for peering deeper into this familiar story and bringing out a hidden treasure!!

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