20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. 21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment. Matthew 9:20-22
This woman was clothed in shame from the illness she suffered for twelve years. Year after year she had been considered unclean. This affected any kind of relationship she would have. This had to have caused immense isolation and loneliness.
One of the things she possessed was great faith that she could be healed if she would touch Christ’s cloak. She took a great risk to reach out for help in spite of the shame she felt. She probably wanted to just touch and then fade into the crowd.
Christ knew what had happened even though he was surrounded by a crowd of people. He could have just let the woman retreat into the crowd, but he chose to heal her physically and emotionally as he removed the shame.
He turned and faced her, acknowledged her, valued her, validated her, and commended her for her faith.
From her downcast position, Jesus elevated her to the position of daughter. He did not just call her woman but endearingly called her daughter. Just let that thought penetrate your mind. Daughter! In the midst of her shame, Christ called her “daughter.” At the time of healing, Jesus removed her shame!
Many of us walk around with the weight of shame. Some has been inflicted on us by others and some we have dumped on ourselves.
Shame of . . .
• A broken marriage
• Being sexually abused
• Not measuring up to others expectations
• A lack of higher education
• Not being pretty enough
• Low paying job
• Not having the “right” clothes, house, car etc.
• An abusive family of origin
• An alcoholic family
• Our children’s addictions/behaviors
• Being in an abusive relationship
• A disability
• Being poor
• Not having a higher economic status
The list could go on and on. You can fill in your own blank.
Oh, downcast one, place your focus on Jesus and reach out to Him. He will heal your wounded heart and remove your shame for He calls you, Daughter!
Paula Silva © 2014 FOCUS Ministries, Inc.