A CHILD'S LIFE OF JESUS

the GIRL & the LADY
When Jesus was only 19 years old, a little
girl was born in a certain town.  "Let's name
her Leah," her parents said.

That very same year in another part of the
same town, a lady named Ruth started slowly
bleeding on the inside of her body, and the
bleeding wouldn't stop.

Lively Leah was growing and not a baby any
more, for now she was one year old and she
could walk.  But in the other part of town,
Ruth kept bleeding and finally had to quit
going to church which at that time and to the
Jews was called synagogue.

Lively Leah kept growing and then she was
three years old and could run and play and
sing.  Ruth kept slowly bleeding. Her boss at
work finally said, "You stay home sick too
much.  You can't work here any more."  So
Ruth had to sell her big house in town.

Lively Leah kept growing and then she was
five years old and could help her mother
bake.  But Ruth kept slowly bleeding.  She
bought a small house in the country.

Lively Leah kept growing and then she was
seven years old.  She was strong enough to
help carry water in a little jar on her head.  
Ruth kept slowly bleeding.  She had got
another job, but her new boss said, "You stay
home sick too much.  You can't work here any
more."

Lively Leah kept growing and then she was
nine and loved to play games with her
friends.  Ruth kept slowly bleeding.  She
finally sold her little house so she could pay
more doctors and went to live with a friend.

Lively Leah kept growing and then she was
12.  But something very sad happened to
her.  Lively Leah quit acting lively.  She
became very sick.  She became sicker, even,
than Ruth.

Jesus was all grown up by now and teaching
and healing people.  Leah's father rushed to
Jesus.  "Please heal my little girl."  So Jesus
started toward Leah's house.

But on the way, Ruth saw him.   Ruth wanted
to be healed too.  But the crowd around
Jesus was so large, she couldn't get close
enough to ask him to heal her.

By now Ruth was so weak she could hardly
walk, so she got down on the ground and
grabbed at the bottom of Jesus' robe as he
passed.  Jesus stopped.  "Power has just
gone out of me!" he said.  "Who touched me?"

Ruth suddenly realized her bleeding had
stopped and she was strong again.  She stood
up and told Jesus that, and he replied, "Be
happy now.  Your faith in me healed you."

But Jesus took too long with Ruth.  So by
the time he got to Leah's house, she had
died.  Everyone was sad and crying.

Jesus told everyone to cheer up.  He went to
Leah's room and brought her back to life.

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Some day when you die ~ for everyone dies
at some time ~ Jesus will bring you back to
life too, to live with him in his home in
heaven.