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Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?


The events that continue to lead to racial injustice still plaque our country. I love biracial country singer Kane Brown’s song Worldwide Beautiful that says “You’re missing every color if you only see black and white. Tell me how you’re gonna change your mind if your heart’s unmovable. We ain’t that different from each another, I look around and see worldwide beautiful.” We are all equal in the eyes of our Creator.

Enjoy this brief excerpt from Sharing Stories of Jesus with Children as well as my reflection and scripture reference


Jesus bends down to touch the face of a leper.


Skin

Hiding in a colony

far away from town.

“I’m a leper,” he announces

everyone will frown.

Skin with blisters,

watery sores,

ashamed and sad

can’t take it anymore.

Others will run

but Jesus stays.

Touches the skin

doesn’t shy away.

Leper is cleansed,

blemishes removed

a miracle performed

skin like new!

Forever changed,

healed at last

a new beginning

a forgotten past.


If you enjoyed this poem click on the books link within this website for easy access to purchasing Sharing Stories of Jesus with Children. God Bless You.

Reflection:


Where does your true beauty lie? The easy answer is within. Unfortunately, in this world outer appearance weighs too heavily as a factor. Advertisements promote products that enhance beauty and claim to fight the aging process. Fashion is hailed as paramount in the success of a career path. I will say that I am so happy things are beginning to change in advertising. We now see models of all sizes, shapes, color and even disability. We have come a long way in this field.


The events that continue to lead to racial injustice still plaque our country. I love biracial country singer Kane Brown’s song Worldwide Beautiful that says “You’re missing every color if you only see black and white. Tell me how you’re gonna change your mind if your heart’s unmovable. We ain’t that different from each another, I look around and see worldwide beautiful.” We are all equal in the eyes of our Creator.


Lepers were ostracized from the community. They had to state, “I am a leper” whenever anyone approached them. No one got in close proximity of a leper in fear they could catch the disease. Jesus touched and healed the lepers showing them the love and respect they had forgone because of blisters on their skin.


We all have scars from a lifetime of sin, but Christ touches our soul and heals us. We need to see others as Christ sees us. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder: God.


Mark 1:40-45

40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

45 However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.


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