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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Make Hay While the Sun Shines" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (03/06/08)
TITLE: The Touch
By Coleene VanTilburg
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Dear God in Your Heaven Most High…If this Jesus of Nazareth has your power, if he is a special angel or something, I believe. I want to be healed. I promise you God to be a devoted follower and go to Temple Mass every day. Please help me God with my faith. I know you are a God of miracles because I have been taught about you, the God of our Father Abraham. I have asked your forgiveness and given sacrifice for my anger because I am afflicted. May your mercy be on me now, Father God.
Tomorrow, I will leave early, before dawn, and hide in the city so I can have a chance to see him, to touch him. My body hurts now and I cannot keep the flies away. Will he even look at me or will the mob push me to the dirt? I can do this, yes, I can do this…I must do this; see and hear this Jesus of Nazareth.
It is time now. I wrap my head and body so that no one will see my face. I must leave now before Mother gets up to tend to today’s work. Today is the day. I must see this Jesus!
I hurry through the streets. I feel dizzy, but that is a normal feeling for me. My heart is pounding so hard in my chest. Here, yes, here is where I will wait. I am sure he will come by here with his followers. I will cry out his name as loud as I can. I am so tired. Maybe I can get a little rest before they come.
I am startled awake and I am not good; my sickness controls me. I hear the sounds. It is Him! Here He comes! Can I reach Him! Oh, there is such a big crowd. My knees feel like lose clay, giving way to the pressure of my body. I am caught in the surge. That must be Him. He is so beautiful yet I sense His strength and I am in awe. I raise my arm to reach…can I stretch? I believe…I believe you love me…I love God!
Suddenly, He turns and in a gentle voice filled with compassion he says, “Who is the one who touched me? Someone did touch me for I am aware that the power has gone out of me.”
“It is I Lord, your humble servant.”
“Daughter, he said, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
Today, I touched my Savior. Today, my Savior touched me.
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