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Be a restorer, not a divider (which will take courage and truth).


Listen to my song “I Stand in the Light” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Matthew 8:1-3

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it. Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately.


At this point in Jesus’ ministry, “great crowds followed him.”

But just so we know that it wasn’t about being popular or being a celebrity, Jesus allows a leper to approach him.

At the time, someone with leprosy (or similar disease) would be “unclean” and therefore an outcast.

Anyone who would touch such a person would also be “unclean.”

It would be very unpopular for Jesus to associate himself with the leper.

Not just unpopular but scandalous.

But he doesn’t stay in the comfort zone of the majority.

Jesus stretches out his hand, just so no one could miss it, and touches the man.

Jesus not only restores the man’s health but restores him to community.

Jesus was about making wholes.

He was about restoration.

That’s because Jesus knew that we all spring from the One, the Divine Unity.

As he stated: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Jesus also said that God is the “vine grower” (John 15:1).

Life and creativity all flow from the One, the Great Love of all.

So, stay consciously connected to the One, the Giver of Life and all that is.

You can do that now…and now…and now.

Be a whole-maker too.


Listen to the song of the day “I Stand in the Light” on the Mercy Reigns album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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