Go In Peace
Written by: Harriet Chunu
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“Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”
– Luke 8:48 NLT
Have you been rejected by your community because of a hardship or background?
Knocked down by failures and disappointment?
Hidden parts of yourself that felt unworthy or unclean?
We all have something or some things we would rather not share, talk about, or even bring light to, for the fear of what people would think. Yet in the story of the woman in the end of Luke 8, Jesus asks, “Who touched me?”, wanting to put a face to the one who draws near. To some this question might be silly, for surely, He knew who it was, but that fact that Jesus wanted to come face to face with this woman highlights His heart and genuine care for us.
Notice that even when Jesus turned to her and heard this woman confess, Jesus did not respond in harsh tones or pull a face to make her wish the ground to open and hide her. Although she might have felt this way - emotions of shame and embarrassment spread throughout her body - Jesus responded only in words of healing, forgiveness, love, peace, and hope. He took a single look at her, and called her His own, by using one word: daughter.
Her heart, that possibly ran a thousand miles per minute after confessing her life-long struggle and loneliness, did not expect to hear phrases of love and sincerity compared to the anger and disgust she faced every single day for twelve years by her community. I can just see how the light in her eyes warmed and her head lifted to see the man who made her feel truly seen for the first time.
Now imagine if she did not have this action of faith: she would have stayed inside, locked away from God’s unconditional love and radical acceptance. Sometimes we do this, we lock ourselves away with the unexplainable illness, stubborn weakness, failure, past or current struggle because we were taught that the world does not want to see this, be associated with or hear what lies behind closed doors.
In Jeremiah 1:5, God said, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” And even now, He still cares for you, because He calls you daughter and recognises you for who you are to Him and not by the affliction, situations, or external factors that surround you.
I want to comfort you by saying, I think this story was written to show us that we can trust Him with our sickness, pain, and anxiety if we go to Him in faith, no matter how big or small that might look right now. Even though not everything will always be healed instantaneously or the way we think it would be, God, the healer and restorer, will save and give you His perfect peace.
So, for now, reach out for His hem even if you feel strange or frightened and lean into His gaze.
1. Imagine God whispering to you, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” Now write out a prayer or response to these words and what area you need to walk in peace with today.
2. How can you grow your faith in God this week?
Heavenly Father, give us the faith we need to reach out to You when we our struggles threaten to unsettle us and lead us into hiding, for You see us as Your own and call us daughters. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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