Wednesday, November 11, 2015
On His Way to Jerusalem,
Jesus traveled through Galilee
healing the towns as He went.
And in one village, ten men met Him,
missing their noses and fingers –
by leprosy – and they didn’t ask for
a make-over or plastic surgery.
They asked for pity –
the kind of compassion you give
to people you care about or feel
bad for, but for
these lepers, no one could bear
to look at their maimed bodies .
No one could go nearer than
a freaked out shout to “Stay away!”
But Jesus saw them.
He saw their flawed faces
and disfigurements. He saw
their desperation and need,
and He said, “Go
show yourselves to the priest.”
By faith, they heeded and obeyed
and received healing on The Way.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2015. All rights reserved for this poem, based on readings from several translations found on Bible Gateway.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Prayer-a-phrase of Matthew 9:1-8
Crossing over the sea, Jesus came to His own town where the people brought a paralyzed man to Him to be healed. Seeing the faith of his friends, He said to the paralytic:
“Take courage, My child! Your sins are forgiven.”
“What!” some scribes thought, “This Man blasphemes!”
But Jesus knew what they were thinking, so He said:
“Why think such sinful thoughts? For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Arise and walk!’ But just so you’ll know that the Son of Man has the authority to forgive sins on earth….”
Jesus then turned to the paralytic and said, “Get up! Pick up your bed, and go home.”
The man did! And the awe-struck crowd glorified God for giving such authority to human beings –
for giving us such authority.
©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and Bible reviewer, prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in the Gospel of Matthew from translations provided online by Bible Gateway.