BE OF GOOD CHEER!

"Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well. And the woman was made well from that hour" (Mathew 9:22).

Sickness makes a man’s life weary. It spoils the peace in the family, impairs the health and also fatigues the mind. The Scripture says that a woman had been grievously suffering from a flow of blood for twelve years.

This might have weakened her body and she might have looked very thin and frail. Her husband might have gone to the extent of disowning her and going for another life partner. How sad she might have been?

She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse (Mark 5:26). But, even the doctors could not help her. As everyone let her down, she was totally disgusted. In getting nearer to Christ also, she had certain hesitations. A myth prevailed in those days that it is a defile for a woman to touch others during the days of menstruation. Even this might have been a cause for her hesitation to touch Jesus.

But she fervently desired to touch Jesus with the strong hope that He will change her state of weariness and strengthen her. She was sighing that somehow that disease should be cured. With the fear that touching Christ will cause defile, she touched the hem of His garment. What a wonder! Even that hem of His garment was powerful to perform a miracle. As the power of Christ flew into her and filled her like electricity, she was cured at once.

Compassionate Jesus turned towards her with love called her as daughter and asked her to be of good cheer. These words strengthened her body which had been weakened. See! How wonderful those words of comfort were! On being touched, He did not condemn her calling her "A defiling woman." Yes. Our Heavenly Father is one who loved with the best of love. He will by no means cast out those who come towards Him.

Dear children of God, are you in the midst of worries and sufferings? Rush towards God who strengthens you. Did Hannah not run to the temple seeking God and pour her heart there? Did Mary not choose the feet of God as good part which could not be taken away from her? When you look up to God, He will change your sad situations and command peace for you.

To meditate: "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem" (Isaiah 66:13).