The Hem of Your Robe

June 23, 2008 at 1:59 pm (Flowers of Thought) (, , , )

It’s a humbling thing to come face to face with my own helplessness, driven to my knees in tears to plead with the King of the universe. But I come in confidence, praying like a beggar, yet knowing I will be heard—not because of my piety, but because of the mercy of the King I implore. Before the mercy seat of God, humility and hope stand hand in hand.

Colossians 4:2 urges us to devote ourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving. “Pray like beggars!” my brother once explained. I picture a beggar’s relationship to a king—prostrated before him, imploring his kindness even to allow her near him. It’s not completely outrageous that a kind king would look at a beggar—might even give her a gift, speak to her or touch her—were she clean. A just king might make sure she was provided for—in whatever manner she deserved. In the story of the woman with the issue of blood (Luke 9:43-48), our King proves the power of His love: an unclean beggar, hoping only to touch the dragging hem of His robe finds in His touch the healing for body and soul. The words of Jesus prove the depth of His kindness: in one instant of intense redemption, He adopted a beggar.

“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Such a world of humanity, needing Your care,
Yet I grope through the crowd with a skeleton prayer.
I wish to escape all the eyes that would probe,
But, Lord, let me just touch the hem of Your robe.

Unclean, I approach You, ashamed of my sin
And reach out to know that You’ve healed me within.
You know it—You’d planned it—the powerful touch.
Only the Christ loves a beggar so much.

Of all those who touch You, who press You this day
The power comes only to those who will say:
“Lord, I’ll pursue You. Lord, You may probe.
But, Lord, let me just touch the hem of Your robe!”


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