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Topic: Rejection (11/15/04)

TITLE: A Woman's Faith
By Karri Compton
11/21/04

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There was nothing more she could do about it. Many doctors had given the same answer: “There is no cure.” They had tried to treat her, but the agony had only increased. She was penniless now, having gone through so much only to have her hope taken away. The pain was at times excruciating; just walking down the dusty roads took too much energy from her weakened body. For twelve years she had suffered in misery, bearing the rejection that accompanied her sickness. People avoided her. They had to.

Then wonderful stories began to circulate of a man traveling through the vicinity healing people. She heard that blind men could now see, the lame could now walk, the demon-possessed were now in their right minds. It was too much to fathom. Could she afford a last shred of hope for her own healing? Would He ignore or reject her, or pay attention to her plea? In her heart, she knew the answers to these questions. Her mind whirled as she excitedly planned her last attempt at a normal life. This would take every ounce of energy she had. Could she possibly believe this miracle worker would make her whole again?

***

Unobtrusively, the woman stole into the crowd, trying to reach Jesus. There He was, up ahead. Shuffling inch by inch amidst the sea of bodies, she was almost within reach of the healer. He turned in another direction, quickening His pace. She knew if she didn’t act at once, her exhaustion would win. Knowing her voice would not carry through the din, she reached out with all her remaining strength. Only a fingertip made contact as He and the crowd continued on. Immediately, a burning sensation rushed through her hand, spreading up her arm. In a split second, her whole body was energized.

“Who touched my clothes?” The woman barely heard the words leave Jesus’ lips. It was as if she was paralyzed, but not with fear. With wonder. She could only stand mutely, looking in the direction of the voice. At last she willed herself to move forward, falling at His feet to thank Him. In tears, her whole life story spilled out as an offering.

Jesus reached down, pulled the woman up, and tenderly spoke: “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”


Quotes were taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

Karri F. Compton


Member Comments
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Melanie Kerr 11/22/04
An effective retelling of the story. I like attempts to get behind the story and into the hearts and minds of the people concerned.
Lois Jennison Tribble11/23/04
Well-chosen words, Karri. I love the line "In tears, her whole life story spilled out as an offering." What a beautiful way to frame suffering, to make it meaningful. Good job!
Mitzi Busby11/24/04
Great picture of hope. I liked the retelling of the story.
darlene hight11/24/04
Great storytelling!
Norma OGrady11/24/04
You really did a GOOD job telling this story!
Yeshua bless
Norma OGrady11/24/04
You really did a GOOD job on this story!
Yeshua bless