Whatever crud lurked, frozen in the snow, showed its ugly face as the Spring thaw began. Brendan, Lexie and Mike have all suffered (and survived) this Bronchitis and Strep Throat bug that seems to be plaguing all my local friends’ homes. And now….I’m nearly down for the count. I went all day yesterday fever free and then today I’m back to running a low grade and feeling downright puny.
And while I’m down for the count and the kids are ODing on PBS and videos, I’ve rested and worked on my Beth Moore, “Jesus the One and Only” Bible study.
This week, I’m reminded, again, that Jesus TOUCHED those he healed. AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN he touched those with diseases that make you not only unclean, but diseases that could literally kill those who came in contact with them. Dr. Luke notes this touching reality several times in his gospel and you can almost hear the undertone of his words…..He didn’t use gloves.

“While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus REACHED OUT HIS HAND AND TOUCHED THE MAN. ‘I AM willing,” he said. “Be clean!”
Luke 5:12-13 (emphasis mine.)
In a Lysol and antibacterial world, I am amazed at the God man who reaches out and touches because of his deep well of compassion and love. A God man who heals out of his powerful and yet, humble deity. What a wonderful merciful Savior, my Lord Jesus is! Touch me, Lord and change me. (I sure wouldn’t mind if this could happen in real time, Lord. My throat is awfully sore). I don’t want to go back to the idea that Christ stood at a distance saying, “tsk.tsk.” I have a hands on Savior who has the power to change with merely his mouth, but is so moved that he touches.
My soul overflows.

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