A leper came to him begging him, and kneeling he said to him, ‘If you choose, you can make me clean.’ Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I do choose. Be made clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean.
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It is little wonder why these scriptural healing events so engage us. We want to believe that immediate healing is possible. We don't want to hear that the disease must run its course or that it can be contained by a regimen of medications for the rest of our lives or those dreaded words "idiopathic" or "inoperable." Inside the tiny, shrinking world of our own personal pain, we want that healing for ourselves or an immediate loved one. Jesus, the one whose name we bear, keeps his focus on a world full of hurt and gives us glimpses of the power of God. The time will come when that power is available to one and all. We follow because there is no better option. We follow because Jesus is still the best news the world has ever known. We follow because to be even a small player in Jesus' story is better than starring in our own.
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In the face of incredible hurt and sorrow, Lord, ease our pain, guide our way and help us find our wholeness in your alone. Amen.