As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for 12 years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 8:42-44
Daisy was in her mid 40s and was working in a highly respected job in finance for a successful company. But underneath the veneer of success, Daisy had been dying for years.
Her marriage was broken, her son was in trouble, and she was struggling emotionally and financially to cope with all the pressures on her. She sought solutions for her problems – and one of them involved a sizeable benefit fraud. When justice caught up with her she received a short jail sentence, and found herself entering a world she never thought she would be part of, and was deeply afraid of. She kept herself in solitude, rarely leaving her cell and refusing to interact with other ‘prisoners’. She wasn’t like them. Then one day Doreen befriended her.
Doreen is a life sentence prisoner, who has come to faith in Christ while in prison. The week before Daisy was imprisoned, Doreen moved jails so that she could undertake a required course. When she saw Daisy struggling, her heart went out to her, and she befriended her. She shared with her how Jesus had changed her life while she was in prison, and invited Daisy to come along with her to Prison Fellowship.
For the first time in her life, Daisy sensed ‘God touching her’. And she found the strength and help she had been looking for to begin again in life. Daisy left prison a different person from who she was when she arrived. She moved cities, found a new flat and started a new job. But for the first time, she also self identified as a Christian and found a home in a Christian community that supported her as she started life all over again.
Lord Jesus, just one touch from you changes everything. We pray for those women who ‘lost in the crowd’ find themselves in jail without hope & full of despair. Be pleased Lord, to touch them as you touched Daisy, through fellow prisoners, prison officers or volunteers.