Daily Dose, Journey to the Holy Spirit — May 25

As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, "Who touched me?" When all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me." When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace." Luke 8:42-48     Daily Dose: Journey to the Holy Spirit   This woman must have felt like she was at the point of grasping at straws. She had struggled for so long -- 12 years. She had seen every specialist; they had run the full battery of tests over and over; she had taken all sorts of medicine; and yet she still was not cured. Chronic suffering has a way of changing people. They sometimes lose their zeal for life. We could say they “lose heart,” and by that we mean that their energy for bright and vibrant experiences has faded into the background. But there was at least some glimmer of hope still in her. She had heard the stories about this man named Jesus. What if he had power that all of those doctors lacked? And so, overcoming her timidity and shame, she pushed THROUGH the crowds to get near him. If she could only have an encounter with Jesus, maybe things would change. She touches the hem of his garment. Power goes out from Jesus. But now what? Jesus turns the spotlight squarely on her. Now the shame and indignity of her suffering will be put on public display. This is not what she wanted. Had she made a wrong decision by coming here? She then simply tells the truth. “I have been ill. I came to Jesus. Now I am healed.” May that be our testimony to the world as well! Whether our afflictions are physical, mental, relational or spiritual, may we have faith that Jesus offers power and healing. Rev. Brad Greene