Talitha Koum is Aramaic, a local dialect of the ancient Hebrews. It is usually translated to mean, “Little girl, I say to you, wake up!”
I heard a deeper, more meaningful explanation of this phrase not long ago. It is a term of endearment, often used by a parent to a child; a sweet soft welcome to come meet the day, as one would say to a beloved child on a sleepy summer morning, “honey, it’s time to wake up now.”
“(and Jesus said)…’Why all this commotion and weeping? The child isn’t dead she’s only asleep’…Holding her hand, He said to her, ‘Talitha koum,’ which means ‘Little girl, get up!’ And the girl…immediately stood up and walked around!” Mark 5:39-42
This painting is dedicated to a friend who recently and unexpectedly lost his beloved wife.