By Karen DeArmond Gardner−

She tried not to complain, yet she was tired. Tired of only looking down, of the pain, longing for the day when she could stand up straight and look into someone’s eyes. For 18 years she lived staring at the ground, not able to look ahead, dependent on others to help her get through day, ignored by her husband until one day when he had enough and left her for a much younger, healthier woman.

Is this it? Is this all there is to life? Why her anyway? What did she do to deserve being bent over so her only view was the dirt? No one really saw her anymore, much less talked to her.  Whispers followed as she passed, wondering what great sin she had committed to be treated so harshly by God. Yet, each Sabbath she made to her way to synagogue praying today would be the day when her prayers would be answered.

Dear God, do you see me? Can you hear me? Though she could not see him his words pierced her heart. Not once in the 18 years she had been coming to Synagogue pleading her case with God to heal her had she heard anyone teach Torah as this man. Could he be The Teacher she had heard so much about? There were rumors he was the long awaited Messiah.

The Teacher stopped speaking and though she could not see him, he saw her. He looked at her with such tenderness, and called her by name to come to him. Startled, she could feel all eyes watching as she shuffled through the crowd. As she approached him, he said, “Dear woman, you are healed.” The most extraordinary thing happened…he touched her. She felt a warm flow through her body, as her body straightened. She looked into his beautiful brown eyes. His compassion overwhelmed her.

It’s true, He is the Messiah! Words of praise poured out of her. “He forgives my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.” (Psalm 103:3–4 NLT)

I imagine her regally walking out of the temple that day, until she was out of everyone’s sight. Then she would run as fast as she could, laughing, praising and maybe even skipping.

Does life have you bent over? Is the dirt of life all you see? Feel the warmth of His healing touch. Remember you are a beloved daughter of the King. Look into His beautiful brown eyes; see His love and compassion for you. “Dear woman, you are healed.”

Oh how He loves you.



Karen DeArmond-Gardner: I found myself in my early 50′s shattered, divorced and without a job – moving to a new state to begin over again. There were times I thought the “start would stop me.” I had no clue what my purpose was and quite frankly thought I had messed up so bad that even God couldn’t put my life back together again. Within the last 6 years I started a new career, enjoyed being single, became a grandmother, reconnected with my family and at 57 I married the most amazing man ever. Because God never does anything small, He asks me to step out of my box and begin writing. Only God….if He did this for me, He will do it for you. Join us on the journey to discover Your Purpose Now.



About debdearmond

Deb: Christ follower. Writer and speaker. Optimistically mid-life, experienced - not necessarily "mature". Young enough to discover, explore, teach, serve, mentor, and old enough to know how to do it well! She serves as a writer for the online magazine Destiny in Bloom and she is Co-Founder of MyPurposeNow.org, a website dedicated to helping women over 50 find their purpose in Christ. Deb is optimistically mid-life and excited about the next stage of life and what God has for her now. Her latest print project is a book about the relationships between mot hers and the girls who marry their sons. Deb is wife to her high school sweetheart, Ron, who told her about Jesus and led her to the Lord 39 years ago. Mom to three incredible sons. Gigi to two perfect grandboys. But Jesus is her favorite, and the guys have learned to live with it.
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