Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose. Be made clean!” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” Matthew 7:28—8:4
I Do Choose
Our legs are weak our backs are tired
we stumble along this darkening road
the directions seem easy long ago
yet troubles rise up to confuse us.
We would be strong and whole
able to do our part in this adventure
yet we are easily torn asunder
rendered useless to everyone.
It is when we stumble the most
that we see redemption clearly
in our pain of brokenness and shame
we discover love affirming love.
The plan was never for suffering
yet being human brings it on
in our lost and suffering state
we finally cry our to God.
And God always chooses yes
in our impossibilities brings light
in our narrow focused struggle
we are surprised by joy again.