December 11, 2013 by lellielieb
“And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace…” Mark 5:34
I’ve been struggling through my reading for about a week. I don’t mean my scripture reading. I’m talking about my academic and “pleasure” reading. I wrote in a recent post about my study of postmodernism and the confusion of it all. I finished up a study of postmodern philosophers by taking a look at Richard Rorty this week. We’re going to discuss his ideas in class tomorrow. I find him and his whole pragmatic, believe-whatever-works-for-you-and-don’t-expect-much” philosophy to be dehumanizing, and depressing. It just doesn’t work for me. SHOCKER.
I’ve also been reading a book a couple of my students recommended. The title is The Fault in Our Stars. It’s by John Green. The story is about two teenagers who have terminal cancer. It’s about their struggle with life and dying, with balancing the joy and the pain of life. It’s VERY postmodern. It’s also pretty hopeless, really, though there are some good points. I have not had terminal cancer, especially as a teen, but I have been diagnosed with stage four cancer, gone through treatment, and survived for six years. The whole thing hit a little too close to home. I read most of book while home with a stomach bug. I readily admit that this is not a positive context for any reading, but I actually felt a physical relief when I turned the last page and closed the book. Re-entering the cancer world, even in fiction, is not fun.
After a while I opened up the Calendar on my computer and found the reading for today. What a contrast! In Mark chapter 5, Jesus heals an old woman. If she was old by New Testament standards, she probably wasn’t much older than I am. My heart leapt with joy as I read the story and rejoiced with the woman. Then the story turns to Jairus’s daughter, a little girl of twelve. She had already died, but Jesus brought her back to life. I gulped these stories as a person would gulp fresh air if they had been sealed in a tomb all day. Jesus makes a difference. Jesus is THE difference. “Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings!” I know that He doesn’t choose to heal us all on earth the way he healed the people in Mark 5, the way He healed me, but He heals more and permanently. He heals our souls. He heals forever. He was “born that man no more may die.” Thank you, Jesus!