— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —
Everyone who has attempted to read through the whole bible has had to make their way through Leviticus: 27 chapters / 859 verses / 613 laws on all aspects of society – from childbirth, to food, sickness, work-life-balance, relationships and much more. Honestly, it’s not the most exciting and inspiring read, not only because of it’s (sometimes bewildering) minute details, but also because the life described here doesn’t seem to have anything in common with 21st century Europe.
Well, until sometimes – during special circumstances – passages formerly deemed irrelevant or even odd, suddenly don’t sound quite as strange anymore…
Sounds familiar, right?
Unexpected aha-moments (pun intended! 😉 ) whilst reading, or listening to, the bible are a beautiful thing to happen, and nothing we can willfully manufacture. And who would have thought, that a passage from Leviticus, of all things, would speak to me (and maybe even you)! Yet, this is what happened and thus, becomes one of the many surprises that those past twelve months of pandemic had in store.
Browsing further through my bible, a new testament story jumps out at me. It’s one of those I’ve known for decades:
This little tale had never meant much to me, yet now it demands center stage, because my worldview has changed so much. These days, I’m aware of elders in care homes withering away in isolation. I’ve have come to realise that even modern medicine has it’s weak spots and know, that people die whilst separated from their loved ones. I have learned about the strain on mental health caused by living isolated from community.
In this light, the healing that Jesus gifts this man takes on such beauty. The 2021-version of me feels so much compassion, almost kinship, to this person. For the first time I grasp the depths of this miracle! Jesus restores not only physical health, but so much more.
Can you, too, imagine the man’s joy at being able to finally return home? You and I have come to understand, what it feels like being starved from hugs. Jesus touches the unclean man, who soon is able to end his quarantine.
Maybe the next time one of us exclaims “I can’t wait to go back to normal!” we will remember our connection through the millennia with this healed man and the people Leviticus was originally written for. And perhaps the loving and redeeming presence of Jesus will infuse the days of ongoing pandemic with hope and light.