Issue versus Identity

Michelle Christy

Read: Mark 5:25-34 And he said to her, “Daughter . . .” (v. 34) I remember doing the math—counting nine months backward from my birth date to my parent’s wedding day. It didn’t add up. I wondered if I was some sort of accident. The irreconcilable math of my beginning became a breeding ground of insecurity. I wrestled with it for years trying to fix it on my own. At age 33, in a season of particular unrest, I read, …

The God Who Sees

Michelle Christy

Read: Genesis 16:1-16 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me.” (v. 13 NIV) The news of a breast cancer diagnosis left me feeling invisible. My aching heart wondered if God truly saw me. I sat numbly, paralyzed in my car as the snow gently fell. The minuscule snowflakes landed on the window’s brittle weather strip. Each complex design highlighted as it fell against the strip’s cold black surface. God …

When Jesus Sees

Michelle Christy

Read: Matthew 9:35–10:1 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless. (v. 36) In downtown Los Angeles, my husband and I walk from a coffee shop toward our hotel. We pass a woman huddled in a corner with a pile of her belongings. Our glances meet and her eyes speak: “Do you see me?” The question stays with me. This is the cry of the multitude and every human heart. Jesus’ eyes …