Reach Out And Touch Someone

Feeling sorry for him, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched Him

Mark 1:41
Leviticus 13:1-2,44-46; Psalm 32:1-2,5,11; I Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Mark 1:40-45

As a perfect fit for today’s Lesson, a popular magazine once published a little poem on the healing power of touch. It goes something like this . . .

In a world where bad deeds are celebrated
And good ones relegated
to page 49 of the paper,

Where first place goes to push and shove
and the cost of things is put above
the cost of time together,

Isn’t it wonderful that from time to time,
the best of us
reach out and touch the rest of us? -1

A woman named Marcia could have easily inspired that poet with her very personal reflection of a “touching” moment she experienced with her grandmother. . .

“Now you’ve come,” my grandmother whispered weakly from her bed. Just the night before we had brought her to this nursing home because it now took several people to move her large-boned, crippled body. Her complexion looked pasty in…

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