Today's reflection on the Daily Texts:
Many are saying to me, "There is no help for you in God." But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. – Psalm 3:2-3
A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him, "If you choose, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, and said to him, "I do choose. Be made clean!" – Mark 1:40-41
Two-year reading texts: Psalm 106:40-48; 1 Samuel 2:12-36; Luke 24:1-12
Today I'm remembering how often the Bible mentions God as our helper. In our culture, the word helper has the connotation of somebody inferior who offers a little assistance. But in contrast, the writers of the Bible mean that God as a helper is the one who makes it possible for us to do what we couldn't do ourselves. God shields, saves, heals, makes clean, purifies, lifts up, even brings life from death.
With God as our helper, we are able to live lives that lead to life and health for ourselves and the world. When God lifts up our heads and helps us to see more than we could otherwise, we have a vision for a new and different kind of life than we could imagine on our own.
God, thank you for being our helper. Lift up our heads so that we can see your way clearly. Make us clean and restore us to community. Lead us to look for life from our risen Lord. And help us to be helpers for others.