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Letter Thirty Eight

Imagine you were one of the women followers of Jesus during his three-year ministry on earth. What would it be like as you heard his teachings, walked by his side, and watched his ministry?

Dear sister,

It has been an eventful couple of days. I don’t even know where to begin. As you have been reading from my letters, it has become nearly a daily event that Jesus is healing people. However, yesterday was special in two ways. First a synagogue ruler named Jairus came up to Jesus and asked him to lay hands on his dying twelve-year-old daughter. While we were traveling to his house, the girl died. Upon this news, Jesus left me and all but three of the disciples behind. Later, we learned that when they arrived at the house, people were already mourning her death. Jesus went into the house and took the child by the hand. He said to her, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”

Immediately she stood up and walked around. Our Lord has no limitations. He truly has the power of God within him.

That should have been the most striking part of my day. After all, Jesus rose a girl from the dead! But, something else happened as Jesus was walking to Jairus’ house that had a much deeper impact on me. As Jesus was pushing through the crowd, a woman secretly came up from behind him and touched his cloak. At the time, there were many pressing up against him, but Jesus stopped at this woman’s touch and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” We disciples found this to be a strange question as so many were touching him. The woman, trembling with fear, immediately fell at his feet and told him that she had touched him to be healed of her suffering from twelve years of bleeding. Jesus’ response was so compassionate. He said to her,

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

I know I should marvel more at Jairus’ daughter raising from the dead. However, several things struck me about the healing of the bleeding woman. First, I realized that this woman was healed just from touching Jesus’ cloak. He explained to us later that he felt the power leave his body. He said that it was her faith that healed her. I know that God gets all the glory when one is healed. However, often our Lord says that the faith of the recipient has a correlation with their healing. God wants us to have faith when we call on Him. He honors this faith and answers our prayers.

There was one other astounding thing that I witnessed. Jesus called this poor woman “thgater.” As we know, this is a special word for daughter that carries the deeper meaning of one who is acceptable to God and rejoicing in God’s special care and protection. I am sure that this woman has felt like a social outcast for the last twelve years. She felt so much shame for being unclean that she tried to receive Jesus’ healing in secret. It is amazing that she had faith that just touching Jesus’ cloak would heal her. Our Lord’s love is full of grace. He not only healed her body, but he healed her soul! He took the shame away and gave her a new name: “Daughter, one whom I accept, care for, and protect.” Sister, I am realizing that Jesus personally cares for each one of us. He is helping me to understand that God knows our individual needs and struggles.

Whatever you are going through, please know that God cares and is answering your prayers.

Resting in His care,

your Big Sister

Today’s Bible Reading: Mark 5:21-43; Matthew 9:18-26; Luke 8:40-56

Today’s Application:

Whatever you are going through, God knows and cares. He calls you His daughter (Mark 5:34). The word Jesus used in this verse for Daughter means one who is acceptable to God and rejoicing in God’s special care and protection (see Strong’s Dictionary G2364). Though the Lord has many sons and daughters, He uniquely cares for each one of us. Call upon Him. Just as the bleeding woman reached out and touched Jesus’ cloak (Mark 5:25-34), turn to Jesus to lift all fear, shame, and sorrow from your heart. Tell Him your concerns. In faith, pray for help and healing. As Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, just believe” (Mark 5:36).

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