These two poems were written on a retreat following a session where we were invited to meditate upon the story of the woman with an issue of blood from Mark 5. As I pondered the story I realised that so often I approach Jesus as if from behind, and brush my fingers against the edge of his garment and slip away. My engagement with the story brought about a face to face conversation where healing and blessing were possible.

On being heard, and being seen

Part 1:

I am that woman,

slipping through the crowd

in search of healing, healing

but not recognition.

I want to touch you,

to be cleansed, set free…

but I don’t want you to see me,

to know me,

for I am unworthy…

But you won’t let me slip away,

you call me out,

look me full in the face

and draw my story from me;

 hurts and pains flow from my lips

as blood from an opened wound,

…and suddenly I am free…

really free…

and you commend my faith!

I am free, and you have seen me,

you have heard me…

and these tears,

are tears of gratitude!

Part 2:

He looked me in the face,

and heard my story,

and he was attentive to me,

his eyes filled with love and tender compassion…


He saw ME,

he heard ME…..


and then taking my hand

he blessed me;

and although we both moved on

he has not left me, for

his Spirit surrounds me and fills me…

I am not an outcast,

not abandoned…

…….not an outcast

……………..…not abandoned

I am loved, and I am free…

About Sally C

How do I describe myself, I am not what I do, (I am a Methodist Minister), I am not who I am related to (I have 5 wonderful children, 2 lovely granddaughters and 2 lovely grandsons). I am a seeker truth, a partaker of life in all it's fullness and a follower, sometimes stumbling, sometimes celebrating of the Christian pathway. I seek wholeness, joy and a connectedness to all things through a deep reconciliation with the God whose love blows my socks off! I love walking, swimming and photography, I dabble with paint and poetry...
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