I love the story. Matthew is the only one who tells it, and it’s just three verses long. But the woman, the one in the story, she’s been such an inspiration. Her brief encounter with Jesus is told in Matthew 9:22-23.

Just then a woman who had hemorrhaged for twelve years slipped in from behind and lightly touched his robe. She was thinking to herself, “If I can just put a finger on his robe, I’ll get well.” Jesus turned – caught her at it. Then he reassured her: “Courage, daughter. You took a risk of faith, and now you’re well.” The woman was well from then on.

I’ve heard it said that courage, or bravery, is being afraid of something but doing it anyway.

This story has taught me differently. According to Matthew, being afraid of something and doing it anyway is faith. And Jesus’ response to fearful, faithful action?

Jesus’ response to reaching out in faith is to offer courage.

Today, in the midst of this winter-cold day, I am reaching out. Today, this is my faith. Today, this is how I will find courage.

Today, I’m thankful that another woman showed me how.

Courage, daughter.