Daily Dose, Oct. 18 — Go Time

  Now when Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all waiting for him. Just then there came a man named Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. He fell at Jesus’ feet and begged him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter, about 12 years old, who was dying. As he went, the crowds pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for 12 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 8:40-48)     She was absolutely terrified to ask Jesus for anything. She was scared and frightened like a child waiting to enter the principal’s office. But she was desperate and at her wit’s end. She had been suffering for a dozen years, and no doctor in the metropolitan area had done her a bit of good. She heard that Jesus healed people and had an idea that he might just be the miracle she needed. A woman did not dare to touch a man without clear permission in that culture. Her disease made it even more inappropriate for her to touch Jesus. She took a huge risk and made a great leap of faith when she reached out and touched the fringe of Jesus’ garment. The risk she took is what Jesus called faith. Not the reciting of a creed or a deep understanding of truth, but the willingness to risk yourself is the key ingredient in faith. She was healed immediately, and she knew it. Jesus also knew it and insisted on finding out who had touched him and why. The woman wanted to remain hidden but could not. “Trembling,” says Luke. “Falling down before him,” says Luke. She told her story to Jesus and the crowd, says Luke. “Daughter,” says Jesus to the woman who was surely old enough to be his sister. “Your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Healing and peace is waiting now for everyone who takes a risk and reaches out to touch Jesus. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don