Imagine how hurt and lonely it feels to have a skin disease from which everyone runs away! “Oo, gross me out!” That’s what some people would say today. The skin disease of leprosy was very contagious, so they had to keep people at a distance. There wasn’t a vaccination for it that would have made is possible for those with the disease to continue to live in community.
Jesus never held back from touching a person with leprosy; his touch healed. Let’s take this one step further. If you don’t get touched by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, you’ll never have all the vitality and wholeness that God has intended.
Two things: 1) Ask Jesus to touch your soul so that you can bring his power of healing and love to others. 2) Go toward those whom others reject, as Jesus would and with the power he now gives you, let your love for others be greater than their hurt, pain or loneliness.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Touched by You, and I am whole.
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…