SATURDAY 23 MAY 2020
Good morning friends, how are you doing? I wonder?
One of the things that I am missing during this time of lockdown is not being able to see family and friends face to face. I do see one or two folks during the week, who come to volunteer to clean the house or to work in the garden.
Occasionally too, one or two people drop by to bring me wee surprise food parcels, or books for me to read, for which I am very grateful.
Yesterday I had a phone call from one of our members, she said she had something for me and it would need to go in the fridge. I said I’d open the door for her and would be able to speak to her from a safe distance.
What a surprise on two counts when she arrived................for she had brought a tray, filled with vegetarian rolls, cheese sandwiches, various cakes, a two tea bags................all I needed for “afternoon tea”
What a delightful gift...............but it wasn’t over yet for she said to come and say hello to her husband who was waiting in the car,
I came to the door and he leapt out of the car holding two wooded poles which had rubber gloves attached attend at the end.....he ran towards me and gave me a socially distanced hug!!!
And for someone who loves to give and receive hugs, that was such a big thing.
Life sure is full of surprises!!! And I spent the next hour or so with a silly grin on my face.
There are socially distancing rules at present, and there were socially distancing rules in place in Jesus time too.
They were especially enforced for people who had leprosy.
Leprosy was incurable in Jesus’ time. It caused severe visual deformities, possible loss of ability to feel pain and loss of eyesight. Sufferers had to leave their homes and their towns. The disease was unsightly and people believed it was transmitted by simple contact. There was a law which stated that if anyone suffering from this disease had to call out “unclean, unclean” if they approached other people.
Jesus, however, had a different approach to those poor people, and we read in Scripture that he did in fact reach out and touch to bring healing.
One account is found in Mark’s gospel Mark 1:40-42.
‘Once a leper came and knelt in front of him and begged to be healed. “If you want to, you can make me well again,”
And Jesus, moved with pity, touched him and said, “I want to! Be healed!” Immediately the leprosy was gone—the man was healed!’
Once again we see Jesus making a touching place with one dis-eased, bringing healing and wholeness to bear.
He touched me! That was all. No magic spells, no wonder potions, no hype, just that one little action.
So simple, so special; the first time I’d been touched in as long as I can remember,
He looked at me with love in his eyes rather than with revulsion.
At the moment I felt his hand upon me I felt clean, as though a weight had been lifted from me.
A burden of disease, isolation, despair.
As though God himself had reached out into my darkness and told me he cared after all, that even I had a place in his heart.
I looked down and my hands could move again, I reached out and they could feel again,
And suddenly I was dancing, skipping, laughing, running like a little child, celebrating the joy of life!
May you know the joy of the Lord with you today,
May you be surprised by joy today.