“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering” (Mark 5:34).
(Grab your Bible and read Mark 5:25-34)
I have long loved this story of the woman in Mark 5 – I think of her as a woman of great faith. She knew she was unclean, she knew she was an outcast, and she knew that she could be shamed, and possibly even worse, for being in a public place, bumping against “clean” people, and daring to touch a rabbi. But she also knew, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Not “Maybe” or “I might,” but “I will.” She was willing to risk public humiliation because her desperation caused her to have extraordinary faith. Are you desperate today?
I also love this story because I carried an “issue” of shame for a long time. One day I was reading Revelation 2, where the Lord declared to the church in Pergamum – “I will give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.” The Sprit then sent me to this story in Mark 5 and He affirmed in my heart that He does not see me as a wounded, shame-filled woman. He calls me “Daughter.” That is my name. That is what is written on my stone. I don’t claim that name as a “princess, daughter of the king,” as is so popular in Christian women’s circles these days. I receive it as one who was shamed and rejected, but is now – amazingly – adopted and loved by the King of the universe. I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, some not so kind or loving. To know that God – the perfect and holy One – not only saved me, but claimed me as His Daughter – well the thought absolutely stuns me.
Beloved, if you will come to Jesus – just as you are, with all your sin and shame and guilt and dirt – He will cleanse you and make you whole – forgiven, spotless, free. He will take you to the Father who will claim you as His own – His beloved Daughter. Maybe you, like me, didn’t have the best father-daughter relationship – or you didn’t have a father in your life much at all. You can now.
May you and I always be as bold as this woman to come to Jesus in all our uncleanness and reach for the hem of His garment in faith. May we rise up and take our place as Daughters who are dearly loved and welcomed in the Father’s house. And may we be always on the lookout for others who are longing for Father-love. Let’s bring many daughters – and sons – into the family.