Houlton United Methodist Church

Bring Life

12 years is a long time. There is a film, based on a true story, titled “12 Years a Slave.” It is a story about a free African-American, Solomon Northup, who was kidnapped in Washington D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. He was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before being released. For Solomon, I am sure those 12 years in slavery must have been painfully long, like a thousand years. In today’s scripture, we meet a woman who has been suffering from chronic, constant bleeding for 12 years.