Welcome your complete self here as you become aware of God’s presence in you this moment.
Await with open hands and an open heart to listen.
“O’ God will you restore us and grant us your salvation?
Your very presence brings us into health and wholeness.
You give to us the fountain of life.”
In Matthew chapter eight, a man that has a disease called leprosy comes to Jesus and asks to be healed and cleansed. “If you are willing,” he says to Jesus and Jesus is willing and he reaches out to touch the man and he is healed and restored .
Having that type of disease in those days meant you were cast out of the community where you lived, set apart, cut off and isolated without anyone to touch.
Right now with the pandemic spreading we are even more aware of those around us to distance ourselves and stay clean. We are conscious of everything we touch or not touch.
I wonder what it was like for the man with leprosy to reach out to Jesus?
For Jesus to reach out and touch him and make him whole again?
Where do you need to be touched and restored today?
In your body, in your soul?
In our isolation and distancing we need to be seen, heard and touched.
Make the time now for God to fill this sacred space with His touch and restore what you have lost.
Pause to Pray
God, We welcome you here to come in our isolation and distance from others to receive your touch today.
Restore us where we need to be cleansed so we may bring your love and grace to others that desperately need to know you love them and you will restore them.
In every failure, in every shame let your light come in and declare “you are made clean”
We pray for every person that is ill today and cut off from human touch.
May they feel your tangible touch now in their bodies and receive your healing peace.
We thank you for the strength and grace for the doctors, nurses and medical workers who care for the sick. May they know your touch today as well.
May we welcome your presence in all of the ways that may surprise us this day.
We lay down our agendas and listen for yours.
May You be glorified through our lives today.