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.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Here’s what the LORD says:
If you remove
and ill words
from your midst….
If you give food
to the hungry
and help the afflicted….
From the darkness,
My light shall arise for you,
and the gloom shall become
Then the LORD your God will guide you
and give you all you need.
Even in harsh dryness,
God will make your bones strong
God will renew your strength –
like a well-watered garden,
like a spring
whose water does not fail.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt
for your sake,
and you shall raise up
People will call you,
repairer of the breach –
restorer of what once
©2015 Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased today’s reading in Isaiah 58 from many of the translations found on Bible Gateway.