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Two Women

Two Women

Two Women
(A poetic reflection on Luke 8:40-56)
Daily Office Readings for Friday, May 7, 2021: AM Psalm 106:1-18; PM Psalm 106:19-48, Wisdom 16:15-17:1; Rom. 14:13-23; Luke 8:40-56

 

One stood poised at the jumping off point of womanhood.

Hopes and dreams swirling in everyone’s head

like overripe melons

falling from the wagon and being dashed to fragments

on the cobblestone street.

We could not even see, only imagine

the blushing bride, her pink-cheeked children,

or the first grandchild.

So much to discover

of the woman she would be,

the gifts she would reveal,

the hidden pearls of her personality yet to form

because perhaps the grain of sand to form them

had not even entered her life yet.

In her father’s voice,

one could hear the hope draining from him

as swiftly as the fever drained her young life.

 

The other one

Had probably cursed her womanhood,

as it sapped her strength,

drained her soul,

savaged her body

for as many years as the child had flourished

in her short but beloved life.

“Beloved.” 

It was probably a word with a hollow tinny sound

on the other woman’s ears,

dulled by the word “unclean”

for as long as she could remember.

She pressed forward

with a single thought

driving through her head

as if it had been hammered in like a nail–

“If only I could touch his robe,

he can heal me.”

 

“Why is he talking to her?”

they must have thought.

“Does he not hear Jairus

begging, pleading, bargaining?

Does he not know who he is?

He is one of the leaders of the synagogue.

Does he not realize

things might go better for him

if he were only more attentive?”

 

Jesus said he felt power drain for him

in that secret moment

that the woman who bled

torrents of hope from her own body

reached out and touched him.

I always have to wonder

if that was because

God knew there had to be room

for what the woman with the unceasing flow

had to let flow into Jesus

before he attended to Jairus’ daughter.

 

Maria Evans splits her week between being a pathologist and laboratory director in Kirksville, MO, and gratefully serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri , as the Interim Pastor at Christ Episcopal Church, Rolla, MO. 

 

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