I have often thought, ‘If I could only curl up in corner of his garment that is draped on the floor, I could rest from .  . . ‘ whatever at that moment was a struggle for me. This woman had struggled for so long and done everything the world told her to do to no avail. I think her thought was not unlike mine and when she touched the edge of his cloak, the power of healing flowed out from him into her and she knew it!

All three passages speak of her faith healing her – she had been through the fire; her faith had been honed by trial. Glory to God, our faith is a gift from him!

Jesus tells her in the Mark passage “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Glory to God! The suffering was ended and the struggle stopped. In the Matthew passage Jesus turns and sees her. (Here again Jesus sees the whole person and not just the outside – only the Holy Spirit can give me eyes to see like this!) “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” The replenishment of hope is part of being freed from suffering. In the Luke passage Jesus tells her “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Mark also has “Go in peace”.) Peace is part of being freed from suffering. In all three passages Jesus calls her “daughter”. She is included in God’s family when she has so long be excluded. Glory to God! He gives us faith, he is our hope, our peace and calls us to be his children!