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Who am I?

But taking her by the hand he called, saying, “Child, arise.” And her spirit returned, and she got up at once. And he directed that something should be given her to eat.

Luke 8:54-55

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How many memories do we have of feeling ignored, inferior, and just plain worthless as women? No doubt, these stories could fill volumes of books. Even though we’ve tried to brush them off or forget them, they can eventually take their toll. And we consciously or unconsciously alter our behavior because of them. We try to speak more softly. We hesitate to voice our opinion, even when asked. We suffer in silence.

But this is not God’s intent for us. In his eyes, we are precious women of worth who are loved beyond measure. He wants to heal our wounds and restore us. This week, we will unpack a few stories in the Bible that illustrate how God values the healing of women. We’ll discuss some of Jesus’s encounters with women and see how his healing power changed their lives.

Our stories come from the book of Luke, which has long been called the woman’s best New Testament friend because in it, Jesus elevated the women of the first century from their low, secondary positions to valuable members of God’s kingdom. Let’s see how he does that.

healing when it looks like all hope is gone

Today, let’s look at Luke 8, where Jesus heals a young girl. In the latter verses, we find Jesus among a crowd who desperately wanted something from him: healing. From the crowd emerged Jairus, a leader of the synagogue. His little girl was gravely ill, and he desperately asked, even begged, Jesus to come see about the young twelve-year-old girl.

With a crowd in desperate need of his help, Jesus could have refused. Instead, he valued the healing of a girl so much that he immediately went with Jairus. Unfortunately, the young girl had died by the time they arrived at the house and all who were present were grieving. Instead of offering condolences, Jesus had other plans.

In the room with the seemingly dead girl, three disciples, and two parents, Jesus lovingly said, “Child, arise.” And she immediately got up.

never lose hope

This passage shows the spectrum of who God cares about—he cares about everyone across the board. In the preceding passage, Luke recounts the healing of a man controlled by demons. It’s no coincidence that we see the healing of both genders. In fact, this is Luke’s pattern in many of his passages that recount Jesus’s miracles. The healing of a woman follows the healing of a man. Why would Luke do that? He wants to show that women are just as valuable as men in God’s eyes. This healing of Jairus’s daughter shows the value of human life to Jesus. He cares about our healing, no matter how old we are. This isn’t to pit men against women or vice versa. We all need the healing and restoration of Jesus, and he wants to restore all who come to him. In Christ, we all have equal standing, no matter our ethnicity, our gender, or even our socioeconomic status (Galatians 3:28–29).

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Daily Question

Do you have scars from the past? What situations seem hopeless to you? How do you think God can heal them? Will you pray and trust him to do so?

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My past scars have come from betrayal of trust. When this happens I build walls to protect myself and prevent it from happening again. I don’t stay here for long because the truth is that not everyone is careless with the gift of trust, so even though I’ve been hurt I try again. Christ continues to be my healer ad guide in this process. The more that I lean into Him and trust in His faithfulness, the more I see the goodness in others. No, I cannot trust and be vulnerable to all at the same level but I don’t have to build a fortress and barricade everyone out either. I have come to understand that we learn and see Christ so much through His creation and that includes one another as His image bearers. As I come to Him humbly with my scars in prayer, He has been faithful to provide the healing and restoration I have needed along the way.

Love how you say,”I try again” and “Christ continues to be your healer”. Your faithful confidence in His redeeming grace and love is beautifully spoken.

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