Healing Touch Options…

We can spread Jesus’ touch in many ways, including sharing the joy, love and caring of Christ with family, friends and neighbors who are experiencing dementia. HERE is a Top-10 list of activities, and a link to another 91 ideas! You’ll undoubtedly be able to find a few of these that you’re equipped to do. 🙂

Now, think about your community. Does a certain someone come to mind who is experiencing dementia or showing some signs that make you wonder? Why not contact that person and find an opportunity for a walk? Or maybe it’s a visit to their home and discussion of items on their walls? Or another idea or two of the other 100 items!

Don’t know anyone at the moment, but willing to reach out to someone experiencing dementia? Ask a pastor or a treasured friend if they know of a special someone. Or check in with the local senior center to see how you might connect and help. 

PRAYER:  Dear God, prepare us to be “the touch of Jesus” in other’s lives today just as those in New Testament stories felt it. May your touch and presence find us “just where we are,” that we might extend those same characteristics and efforts to those we are naturally with, and those we seek out! Amen.

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A Healing Touch…

Jesus said: “Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me.”  ~ John 6:56-57

We heard about Jesus’ touch in the last posting via the song “He Touched Me” (HERE). We have the opportunity to extend this same touch to those around us, many of whom we don’t know by name. We need not look far…

Dementia is affecting an ever-growing swath of society. Those experiencing dementia can miss community touch; many of us simply don’t know what to do or say. We may tend to make less contact as a result.

The life of Tony Bennett, including his dementia, is chronicled in the 2021 AARP article (HERE.) It’s filled with wonderful family/friends perspectives, links to helpful webpages and this commentary about the stigma:

Like cancer and mental illness, Alzheimer’s carries a stigma, since people feel a special terror of an incurable disease that ruthlessly detaches its sufferers from the places, events and people that anchored them in life. Many treat it as an immediate death sentence and retreat from the world, encouraged to do so by family members who fear the disease and its unpredictable, and sometimes socially embarrassing, course.

Jesus says to love one another, no exceptions. In upcoming CP posts we’ll explore some aspects of connecting with those experiencing dementia. We can spread Jesus’ touch in many ways, sharing the joy, love and caring of Christ with our family, friends and neighbors who are experiencing dementia.

PRAYER:  Dear God, prepare us to be “the touch of Jesus” in other’s lives today just as those in New Testament stories felt it. May your touch and presence find us “just where we are,” that we might extend those same characteristics and efforts to those we are naturally with, and those we seek out! Amen.

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He Touched Me…

How has the touch of Jesus changed you?

The song “He Touched Me” (HERE) by the Gaither Family has some nice messages about us meeting our blessed Savior including:

“he touched me and made me whole”

“now I am no longer the same”

“oh, the joy that floods my soul”

“I’ll never cease to praise him”

Knowing that touch of Jesus is available to all of us is so satisfying. The results? The joy flooding our souls. Opportunities to never cease in praising God. No longer being the same.

PRAYER:  Dear God, prepare us to feel the touch of Jesus in our lives today just as those in New Testament stories did. May that touch find us “just where we are!” Amen.

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Lighten the load…

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. ~ Hebrews 12:1-2a (New International Version)

What is on your Christian packing list? Yesterday’s post in Our Daily Bread (audio version HERE) was a nice reminder that we should “lighten the load.”

In concluding her post, Karen Pimpo says:

Just as there are packing lists for the John Muir Trail, God has provided directions for following Jesus in the Bible. We can know what habits, dreams, and desires are worth bringing along by examining them in light of the Scriptures. When we travel light, we’re able to finish well.

PRAYER:  Dear God, help us focus on traveling lighter so that our words and actions might also help lighten the load for those around us… Amen.

Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit…

P.S. Of all things, this video (HERE) just “popped up” from The Upper Room on Hebrews 12:1-2. Check it out if the Spirit moves you…  🙂



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Healing every disease and every affliction…

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. ~ Matthew 9:35 (ESV)

The previous CP post included this commentary:

As those trying to FULLY follow Christ’s example, we can hope to soothe the soul even if we can’t provide complete physical healing! Healing balms are available for us today in various forms – words of scripture; inspirational books like Jesus, Man of Joy; preaching; music; loving examples and many, many more.

Does a song spring to your mind while reading this?

After typing those words, the tune that seems a logical choice is There is a Balm in Gilead. The musical stylings can be soothing and so can the words:

Very freeing are the song lyrics, reminding us that there’s no need to compare our Christ-exampling abilities:

If you cannot preach like Peter,
if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus

PRAYER:  Dear God, help us to be your people in what we do and say, being healing balms on earth, brightening the day…

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Healing every disease and every affliction…

And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. ~ Matthew 9:35 (ESV)

In the passage above, what do you think Christ’s “healing” involved?

About the book Jesus, Man of Joy, Bruce Marchiano says “Jesus was a man of joy. This is the most liberating secret in all of Christianity. Through the pages of this book the Lord revealed to me for the first time His reality and absolute loveliness. Rejoice and be glad!”

Could Jesus’ joyful example of living life provide “healing” through soothing of the soul without a complete physical healing?

As those trying to FULLY follow Christ’s example, we can hope to soothe the soul even if we can’t provide complete physical healing! Healing balms are available for us today in various forms – words of scripture; inspirational books like Jesus, Man of Joy; preaching; music; loving examples and many, many more.

Inspiring us are examples of people world-wide in the past and today such as this account describes:

“he exulted in the free grace of God. His joy was contagious. Men leaped out of darkness into light, and lived a Christian life afterwards.”   ~ Jesus, Man of Joy, p. 19 (English pastor describing Dwight L. Moody)

AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REFLECTION AND ACTION:  Who in your experience has provided moments that spurred you into the light? Are there elements of those efforts that you can share with others in your journey this week?

PRAYER:  Dear God, this we do pray, that on this day, carpe diem we say, while healing and ‘ripening lives’ along the way…

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Celebrating “ripeners”…

I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

This fits nicely with a family motto: carpe diem!  According to wikipedia.com, “… a more literal translation of carpe diem would … be ‘pluck the day [as it is ripe]’—that is, enjoy the moment.”

“As it is ripe.” Wonderful!

One of the blessings of a Christian community is having folks in our lives who help to ripen our days and help us recognize the ripened moments. Who are the people who help ripen experiences in your life today? How do they do that?

ACTION: Perhaps today we will seek out opportunity(ies) to ripen lives all around us, including our own. May we adopt new approaches as we see fit, plus continue in the ways that already work so well for us and others!

PRAYER:  Dear God, this we do pray, that on this day, carpe diem we say, and ‘ripen lives’ along the way…

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Meeting the Lord in Imaginative Prayer…

Weekends periodically provide a little space and time for innovation. Perhaps your reading of Meeting the Lord in Imaginative Prayer (midway through the post HERE) will result in some energizing moments while placing yourself in a biblical moment?

In fact, one such “placing yourself in a biblical moment” comes from this Sunday’s gospel reading, HERE (and listed below in the weekly readings.) One can feel harried just reading such passages. Perhaps this is one reason for the wisdom “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while” ? (Mark 6:31b)

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Pivoting, Justice and Streams …

The past two weeks have been filled with plenty of “pivoting” – originally moving in one direction and then needing/choosing to move in another. Almost anyone living through the 2020/2021 experience can relate to this pivot exercise … most of us doing so on more than a few occasions!

Sadly, one pivot this month took us away from 40+ relatives at a family reunion (the potential of illness from gathering at the Covid-19 hotspot of Branson, MO was too much to fathom.) Happily, the pivot brought us together with almost 20 relatives over the same time period.

It was yet another nice reminder of Fraulein Maria’s commentary about God opening up a window when the door closes (Sound of Music reference.) Sometimes we need to allow the Spirit to move us in mysterious ways at some times, though that can be tougher for some of us who are “Type A” personalities.

After enjoying the Sandusky River kayaking the day before, worship at Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont, OH became even more vivid with the singing of two songs in particular, Let Justice Flow Like Streams & Let Streams of Living Justice. Thinking about the flowing streams for justice is a reminder: we can pivot in numerous ways to help our neighbors and those in need.

Let’s each pivot – – finding new and varied opportunities to stream justice in our land!!!

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An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt …

The CAC article HERE titled An Evolving Faith Includes Doubt is uplifting.  Brian McLaren encourages a transition from “fear of doubt” to an active embrace of the same. To summarize would be a disservice. Instead we’ll share this closing paragraph with a recommendation to spend a few minutes reading the entire article

“Doubt need not be the death of faith. It can be, instead, the birth of a new kind of faith, a faith beyond beliefs, a faith that expresses itself in love, a deepening and expanding faith that can save your life and save the world.”  ~ Brian McLaren

We doubt you’ll regret reading the full text of the CAC post…  🙂

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