Have you seen or read about Covid long-haulers? They are the ones who contracted Covid and have been decimated with long term various symptoms. Have you seen the pictures on TV of great crowds of people on the beach / at parties / at the ball park?

Suppose there was a male VIP in the midst of one of these crowds and suddenly he called out "WHO TOUCHED ME?"

People must have stopped dead in their tracks and thought . . what do you mean 'Who touched me?' Aren't we all (many of us) touching each other? Yet the VIP knew he had been touched in a special way as well as the woman who touched him now knew she had been found out.


It had to. In Matthew Chapter 9 Jesus is found answering questions of the disciples of John the Baptist, (his cousin). They asked questions about fasting. Jesus answered them but while He was still talking, a VIP ruler came up and knelt before Jesus and said,

"My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her and she will live."

So Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years came up behind Him and touched the edge of his cloak. (She was a type of long hauler herself, wasn't she?) Did she think to herself oh - my knees are killing me! There are rocks everywhere and I can't really see what direction I am going. Plus I have inhaled enough dust to choke a horse! YET, I MUST touch that man's cloak. "If I can only touch his cloak, I will be healed!"

(Praying). Lord, don't let my ex-husband see me. You know he divorced me because of my flow of blood and he would tell the authorities. Then the authorities will drag me away. I'm not supposed to be here Lord, I am considered unclean. Don't let my friend on the right see me either, Lord. Does she miss me at the women's courts in the temple? She wouldn't turn me in but my x-neighbor would . . the one on the left with the fancy garment. Now she has lots of fancy garments since my ex-husband took to her.

Jesus had stopped when He said "Who touched me?" and He was looking all around and then it happened! Jesus saw her! (He saw me Lord, now what will I do?). Fear and shame and humiliation were on her face. But Jesus said, "Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment.

Time started up again. The crowd followed Jesus on the way to the Ruler's house to see a child on her death bed. The woman heard later that Jesus had brought the little girl back to life. That was a miracle! That was wonderful!

She thanked God for the little girl's healing and was still trying to wrap her mind around what Jesus had done for her.

Her husband had divorced her using the law. Jesus said "Daughter".

Her continual blood flow caused her to be ostracized. Jesus said "Daughter".

Her blood flow caused her to be ex-communicated. Jesus said "Daughter".

Her blood flow had cut her off from life itself. Jesus said "Daughter".

Finally, she was allowed to go back to her own home.

She was still divorced. But the Dominant Thought Wins, Thank you Jesus!

She was still ex-communicated. But the Dominant Thought Wins, Thank you Jesus!

She was still ostracized. But the Dominant Thought Wins, Thank you Jesus!

But now she was His adopted daughter. Jesus called her "Daughter"!!

Are you stretching out your hands of faith?

Are you conscious of great and overwhelming need?

Are you a long hauler from any type of situation?

Call on Jesus. Pray to the Father. You too can be His daughter or His son.

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