DayBreaks for 5/23/19: Someone With Skin On
The story goes like this: There once was a little boy who was afraid and couldn’t sleep. He kept getting up and going to his parent’s room. Finally, they sent him back to his room saying, “You’ll be fine; God loves you, and He’s in there with you to protect you.” The little boy answered, “I know that, but right now, I need someone with skin on ‘em!”
Perhaps truer words have never been spoken by a young child. We all desperately need somebody to show us God’s love in the flesh. Victor Hugo who wrote, Les Miserables, once wrote that “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.”
When we’re afraid we need someone with skin on. I remember as a child when I would be frightened at night, my dad’s presence always comforted me.
When I feel rejected or am wounded, it helps to have someone with “skin on ‘em” to put their arms around me and let me know that they care and support me.
The truth behind this idea of needing someone with “skin on ‘em” is the incarnation. Jesus created us and he knew our tendencies to insecurity, fear, despair…and so he put on skin so that we’d know he understood. It is revealing how often the gospels talk about Jesus reaching out and touching someone.
We can also be the one with skin on who mimics the incarnation on behalf of others. By our actions, we can help calm a distressed friend, neighbor or relative by letting them know they are loved and that not only we, but God cares.
John 15:12 (CSBBible) – This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you.
Prayer: Let us imitate you in your incarnation so that we may be better able to help others! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>