“Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man,” Mark 1:41.
What did the lepers feel when Jesus placed His hand on them to offer them hope and healing? What was it like to feel the warmth of a human touch after years of enduring the stares of those passing by and having them turn away?
I frequently notice others with skin ailments being stared at. Sometimes I wonder if people can put aside their first impressions to get to know the real person that lies within.
While others may see only the obvious, Christ looks at what other people cannot see. He looks at the heart. Through Jesus Christ, we can come to know that we are loved even when we and others think us unlovely.
While on earth, Jesus cared for everyone – from the sick and the social outcasts to those considered notorious sinners. No matter what obstacles crowd our paths, Christ goes with us, and He is always caring and always loving. Christ lets us know, through the touch of His presence, that we are never alone!
–By Nancy White, Deacon, Harvest Barn Church
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