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The Hem of His Garment, 2001
Oil on canvas, 44 x 50
Collection of James and Claire Totten

“Jesus and His disciples got up [to go with Jairus] and left with him, surrounded by a large crowd.

“Then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with a hemorrhage heard about Jesus and came up in the throng behind Him. This woman had suffered a great deal at the hands of doctors, yet none of them could cure her. She had spent all she had and still was no better. In fact, she had only become worse. She touched the hem of His robe because, she told herself, ‘If only I can touch His clothes, I’ll be healed.’ Instantly the bleeding stopped, and she could feel that she had been cured.

“At the same moment Jesus sensed that power had gone out from Him. He turned around and said, “Who was touching Me? Who touched My clothing?’

“Everyone denied it. Peter and the disciples who were with Him said, ‘Master, You can see this huge crowd surrounding You—and yet You ask, ‘ ‘Who touched Me?’ ’

“ ‘I know someone touched Me,’ Jesus answered, ‘because I sensed power leaving Me.’ He began looking at the crowd to see who had done this.

“When the woman realized what had happened to her, and saw that she couldn’t hide, she came to Jesus, frightened and trembling. She fell down before Him and told Him all the truth. She explained in front of everyone why she had touched Him and how she was instantly healed.

“Jesus said to her, ‘Take heart, daughter, Your faith has delivered you. Go in peace, and be free from this affliction.’ ”

Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:24-34; Luke 8:43-48

The Hem of His Garment, color study, 2000
Oil on panel, 15 x 17 5/8
Collection of Patrick R. Williams

The Hem of His Garment, 2001
Oil on panel, 28 5/8 x 20 1/2
Collection of Robert and Roseann Pistella

The earlier painting of this subject was required to be horizontal. This smaller, vertical version was painted to show the healed woman after Christ raised her up. She looks at Him in gratitude.


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