As we continue our journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each will be accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, please send us your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us continue our Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation day-by-day, to its glorious culmination on Easter morning.
At the side of the lake, Jarius comes before Jesus and begs him to come and heal his little girl, who is dying. Jesus comes to him, but he does not hurry. On the way, a bleeding woman reaches out and touches Jesus’ clothes and is healed. Jesus doesn’t rush to her, but stops to let her know that it is her faith in Him, not the touching of His clothes, that healed her.
Then He gets to Jarius’ house and finds people crying because they believe Jarius’ little girl is already dead. Jesus tells Jarius “Don’t be afraid. Just believe.” Then He takes the little girl by the hand and tells her to wake up, and she does.
Imagine how Jarius must have felt when Jesus wasn’t hurrying to save his daughter. He might have felt like Jesus didn’t care. Sometimes when we pray, things won’t happen suddenly or turn out the way we want them to. But, as long as we put our faith in Jesus, He will always take care of us.
Hammond School, Grade 3
Columbia, South Carolina
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