Touching the Hem: A Biblical Response to Physical Suffering

by Elizabeth A. Johnson

Genres: Christian Living, Inspirational

ISBN: 9781620202050

160 pages

Price: $11.99

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How should you respond to suffering? What does God say about healing? What Does God Say About suffering? As humans, we are bound to suffer physical affliction on this earth. However, as Christians, what should our response be to that affliction? Should we simply accept it and stoically go on with our lives? Seek help through prayer, but reject medicine? Attend dramatic healing services? Does God still heal sickness today? If so, how do we access His healing?

Touching the Hem considers these questions and more. It starts with a thorough look upward at God—who He claims to be, what He has done for us in the past, and what He promises to do in the future. It then looks at our circumstances, observing physical affliction through the lens of God’s Word. Only then does it turn the gaze inward, considering our response to physical suffering, and how to live according to biblical principles.


Elizabeth A. Johnson was diagnosed with a rare disease, Wegner’s Granulomatosis, in April 2007. God has used her illness to completely rearrange her life. She and her husband were married just a few months after her diagnosis. Since Elizabeth was no longer able to work, she spent many hours at home resting and regaining strength. She re-discovered her love of writing and started a blog ministry entitled “DogFur and Dandelions.” Through her blog and other writings, she regularly encourages others toward Christ-centered living. Elizabeth and her husband, James, currently reside in South Carolina where they are preparing for a dual ministry in church-planting and military chaplaincy.