#LukeActs2014: Hold On (Luke 8:40-48)

woman with vielThis is the third time I’ve returned to write about the woman with the issue of blood. I so admire her perseverance and courage. This amazing woman, who remains hopeful after so many years of chronic pain, loneliness, and disappointment. Her condition labels her unclean, separating her from the worshiping community and table fellowship. Her condition robs her of time, companionship, energy and money. It would have been easy for her to simply give up due to the exhaustion and letdowns of daily living. Yet she does not lose faith. She continues to reach out for healing. – Lisa <><

Luke 8:40-48 NIV
Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.

As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

“Who touched me?” Jesus asked.

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”

But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”

Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Hold On, by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
For twelve long years she had suffered
The life leaking from her body
Doctor after doctor
Disappointment after disappointment
Draining her emotions, her energy
and her bank account
The friends were few
The touches even fewer
For she and all she touched were named unclean

Yet she held on to hope
She held on for so long
How, in the midst of all the misery could she cling to it?
I wonder if I could
I wonder

Her faith
Her hope
Grow me to be like her, Jesus
Feel me reaching for healing, too
Send out your power again
So I too may be whole
And at peace
Send it out for all of us, Jesus

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Hold On © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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A Double Healing: The Dead Girl and the Bleeding Woman
Luke 8:40-56 (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43)
Quotes and Worship Resource: The Healing Along the Way
Devotion: Reaching for Healing

Reading for the week of February 23: Luke 8
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Photo Quotes: Luke 8

Luke 08 24Luke 08 48bLuke 08 50Reading for the week of February 23: Luke 8
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I decided to pick a few verses from this week’s reading to memorize. Some of my artist friends illustrate verses in various mediums as part of their devotional time, so I thought I’d give that a try, too. I used PicMonkey, a free, online picture editor, and really enjoyed the process.

#LukeActs2014: Luke 8

LukeActs logo week 8Reading for the week of February 23: Luke 8
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Consider reading the chapter in several translations and choosing a few verses to memorize. I chose:
Luke 8:24 NRSV
They went to Jesus and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm.

Luke 8:48 NRSV
Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

Luke 8:50 NRSV
When Jesus heard this, he replied, “Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be saved.”

Main events of this chapter (with links to previous posts):
The Women Who Follow Jesus
Luke 8:1-3

The Parable of the Sower and the Soils
Luke 8:4-15 (Matthew 13:2-23; Mark 4:1-20)
Reader’s Theater: Parable of the Soils/Sower

The Lamp on the Stand
Luke 8:16-18
Quotes:Reflecting God’s Light

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers
Luke 8:19-21 (Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35)

Jesus Calms the Storm
Luke 8:22-25 (Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:36-41)
Quotes: Jesus, Calm the Storm
Photo Quote: Calm the Storm
Worship Resource: Stand by Me

The Healing of a Demon-possessed Man
Luke 8:26-39 (Matthew 8:28-39, Mark 5:1-20)
Reflection: Into the Wilderness

A Double Healing: The Dead Girl and the Bleeding Woman
Luke 8:40-56 (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:22-43)
Quotes and Worship Resource: The Healing Along the Way
Devotion: Reaching for Healing

Photo Quotes: Luke 7

Luke 07 13Luke 07 16Luke 07 47Luke 07 50Reading for the week of February 16: Luke 7
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I decided to pick a few verses from this week’s reading to memorize. Some of my artist friends illustrate verses in various mediums as part of their devotional time, so I thought I’d give that a try, too. I used PicMonkey, a free, online picture editor, and really enjoyed the process.

#LukeActs2014: Luke 7

lukeacts 02-16 logoReading for the week of February 16: Luke 7
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Consider reading the chapter in several translations and choosing a few verses to memorize. I chose:
Luke 7:13 NIV
When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”

Luke 7:16 NIV
They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.”

Luke 7:47 NRSV
Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”

Luke 7:50 NIV
Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Main events of this chapter (with links to previous posts):
Jesus Heals the Centurion’s Servant
Luke 7:1-10 (Matthew 8:5-13)
Devotion and Prayer: Just Say the Word

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son
Luke 7:11-17
Prayer: The Widow Meets the Lord of Compassion
Quotes: Compassion

Jesus and John the Baptist
Luke 7:18-35 (Matthew 11:2-19)

Jesus and the Woman with the Jar of Perfume
Luke 7:36-50 (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:1-11; John 12:1-11)
Devotion: Worship Fully
Poem: Pour Forth
Devotion: Mary and Judas
Quotes: What is Peace?