A meditation to follow a Sabbath miracle.
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. (Luke 13 vv 10-13)
How could He have seen me?
Scores of people packed the synagogue that Sabbath,
I was at the back, leaning part behind a pillar.
Oh, He was good to listen to…
He didn’t take no stick from Pharisees … they didn’t like Him.
He’d been several times to our synagogue.
A good Rabbi … always got a crowd with Him.
I couldn’t stand for long so the pillar gave me support.
I never dreamt He’d see me.
But – He did. He saw me and He called to me.
Nobody bothers with me,
Disfigured, useless, creased with pain…
Nobody bothers with me.
I couldn’t look at Him,
But I felt His eyes penetrate my deepest need.
Eyes that held no revulsion, no blame,
Then, in front of all that crowd He touched me.
The Rabbi from Nazareth touched me!
And in a blazing surge of power
Love saw me
Love touched me
Love made me whole…
And I looked into the face of God.