Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.


I recently ran across a thought-provoking short film from Chris Wiegand entitled "Riva." I don't know anything about it or its genesis, but I couldn't help but think of this story of Jesus and a woman from Luke's account of the Messiah as I watched it.

As Jesus went with him, he was surrounded by the crowds. A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding,* and she could find no cure. Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped. 
“Who touched me?” Jesus asked. 
Everyone denied it, and Peter said, “Master, this whole crowd is pressing up against you.” 
But Jesus said, “Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me.”  When the woman realized that she could not stay hidden, she began to tremble and fell to her knees in front of him. The whole crowd heard her explain why she had touched him and that she had been immediately healed.
“Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” (Holy Bible: New Living TranslationLk 8:42–48)

I highly recommend taking twelve minutes to enjoy "Riva."

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