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Talitha Kum! Posted: May 2018
The daughter of Jairus, Mark 5:41.
She was twelve years old, at the age when she was just entering into her womanhood. And she was dying. Her parents gazed at her in despair; how could they let her go, their joy and their pride? There were plenty of advisers around, saying try this, try that. But they had tried everything.
Then someone said, Jesus of Nazareth has just landed in the boat, do you think he would come? Jairus was out the door before the sentence was finished. He battled his way through the crowd, saw Jesus in their midst, and fell down in front of him, gasping, “My daughter is desperately ill, please come and put your hand on her to make her better and save her life!” Jesus went with him at once.
A messenger from the house came running. “Don’t bother him, she is dead!” A strong hand supported Jairus as he heard the words. Jesus said quietly to him “Don’t be afraid, only have faith.” When they reached the house it seemed as if the funeral had already started, with the commotion and people weeping and wailing unrestrainedly. Jesus said to them, why all the commotion, the child is not dead, she is asleep.” They laughed him to scorn. So he turned them
out of the room and took only the child’s mother and father in with him plus his own companions, and went to where the child was lying. Taking her by the hand he said, “Talitha, kum,” meaning, Young girl, I tell you to get up. And she got up, and started walking about. Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone about it, and told them to give her something to eat.
The words talitha, kum, in Aramaic, strike a chord in so many people, because Jesus is speaking in his own language, what he spoke at home with Mary and Joseph, in the very heart of a loving family. Here is a girl on the brink of womanhood, precious to her parents, her community, to all of us. She has had a hard blow but she is over it; as he restored her to her parents he gave the most practical advice: give her something to eat, take care of her, build her up, for the challenges she faces are great but with your help she will face them proudly. Talitha kum means empowering a young person. Anti trafficking initiatives is one of the ways we try to do this.
Picture: Mafa life of Jesus
Vie de Jesus Mafa (Life of Jesus Mafa) was an initiative undertaken in the 1970s to help teach the gospel in Northern Cameroon. French Catholic missionary François Vidil worked with Mafa Christian communities in Cameroon to create an enormous catalogue of paintings depicting the life of Jesus as an African man. The plan was to build a resource that would help Mafa people to teach from the bible in a way that connects with their community.