PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 8:40-48
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” (Luke 8:48)
Here I again I am encouraged by the simple faith that Jesus honours.
It is not ‘understanding the faith’ (beliefs) that helps, heals, or saves us.
It is any move towards God – whether uncertain or desperate or confident – for help.
This woman would not have been ready for ‘profession of faith’ in my tradition.
But her humble approach was enough for God, who worked through Jesus to heal her.
I think of the desperate, cautious, hopeful people I sometimes meet.
Theirs is not a faith that would meet the criteria for church membership.
But it is sufficient for membership in God’s family, for a hearty embrace from God.
Who really are the members of God’s family, God’s church?
Among them are many desperate, cautious, struggling, hopeful people not in our churches.
Some (many?) of them look elsewhere for hope because the church won’t welcome them.
We need to welcome strugglers, doubters, questioners – even unbelievers.
They may not be ‘profession of faith’ material for our churches.
But they are ‘mustard seed of faith’ material for God (Luke 17:6).
Lord, forgive us for being reluctant to welcome people into your fellowship. May we be as gracious to seekers as you are to us (way more than we realize). May we affirm their simple faith like you do!