The designation of being unclean (Matthew 9:18-26) was a devastating thing for the
Jewish female. What she wore was unclean, what she touched was unclean. The bed she
slept on was unclean (see Leviticus 15:25- 27). Whoever touched the things she had
touched was unclean.
There were many superstitious ways to stop the hemorrhaging. One was to carry the
ashes of an ostrich egg in a linen bag in summer and in a cotton bag in winter. Another
was to carry a barleycorn, which had been found in the dung of a white donkey. This
woman had tried everything and became worse.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.