Editorial

Touching His Cloak

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Healing is a sensitive subject. Many of us have been disappointed either by unanswered prayers for ourselves or those we’ve prayed for. In those moments God can seem distant and cold, as though He doesn’t know the pain we carry.

As someone who has dealt with chronic pain for the last 14 years, I know healing is a difficult, and often painful, topic to wrestle with. The endless unanswered prayers can add up and lead us to wonder why God hasn’t moved for us.

But we have not been overlooked. Jesus will never leave us to bear this alone. He took our wounds, emotional and physical, to the cross with Him: “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:5). Jesus has entered into this pain with us, and we are more deeply known and loved than we can fathom. Rest assured, you have not been forgotten.

We serve a God who deeply loves to heal His people, whether emotionally, physically, or spiritually—a God who knows our pain and suffering intimately. In the Incarnation, Jesus chose to enter into our brokenness, grieving with His people and stepping into their hurt with power and compassion.

No matter what He was doing, Jesus interrupted Himself to bring both hope and healing to those who had been waiting for their prayers to be answered for years. Think of the woman who had suffered from bleeding for 12 years (see Mark 5:25–34). On His way to heal a dying girl, this woman touched His cloak because she believed even that small act would bring her healing. And it did!

After years of doctors’ visits that continually made this woman worse and drained her financially, she was healed before even speaking to Jesus. He could have kept moving, and she still would have experienced that healing. However, He chose to stop what He was doing and acknowledge her: “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from suffering” (Mark 5:34).

Because of the illness she had, she would have been ostracized from her community and considered unclean. When she encountered Jesus, not only did He end her physical suffering—He also recognized her in a way that no one in her community ever would. She was finally seen and known.

In this issue, you will find beautiful testimonies of healing, practical ways to walk with those who are sick and wounded, and hopefully a reminder that despite how your prayers have been answered, your God is still walking closely with you and has a plan for your healing.

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