Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The Hem Of His Garment
One of my all time favorite Scripture passages, and one that holds great meaning for me personally, is about the Woman with a Hemorrhage. It is often told in conjunction with the account of Jairus' Daughter. (see Luke 8:40~48). No matter who this woman went to, she could not be healed. It was not until she met the Divine Physician that her healing could occur. Shame accompanied this woman for twelve years because of her condition.
In my own life shame and guilt over an abortion I had accompanied me for 14 years until a friend invited me to return to my faith. It was through his gentle explanation about relationship with Jesus that I was able to seek the help I needed in returning to Christ and His Church. I was much like this woman at that time. I was afraid to approach Jesus, but new I had to risk it. If everything my friend said was true, then Jesus was my only answer. My friend was right. Five months later I signed up to make a Rachel's Vineyard retreat and it was on that weekend I met Jesus as if for the first time and felt His touch through the compassion of His priests and others who had traveled this same or similar road,
The song One Touch (Press) by Nicole C. Mullen is a beautiful interpretation of this Scripture passage. The healing this woman experienced is one I can relate to and it is there for all and any who need it. It just takes one touch.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.