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Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! Psalm 139: 13-14
Okay, if you’re still interested in losing weight, but you’d like to keep your twenty pounds of bones, you could get rid of your skin and lose at least nine pounds immediately. It might surprise you that in the book of Leviticus alone, skin is mentioned thirty-eight times.
Skin is that barrier that provides our definition as an organism. It’s our waterproofing – our front-line defense against bacteria. It’s our radiator – helping us to deal with temperature changes. The skin on the palms of your hands and bottoms of your feet is very different from the skin on the inside of your arm. Skin flexes, and folds and wrinkles around joints. It can produce fingernails and can change color. Mark Twain said, “Man is the only animal who blushes – or needs to.”
And think what we do to skin to make it more attractive? Pierce it, color it, tan it, tweeze it, tattoo it, shave it, powder it, and we sop it with anything that promises to make it look better or to get rid of wrinkles.
But think about this. God created us for relationship, and our skin is designed for relating. Touch is so important. Just ask a neonatal nurse how important touch is to those precious newborns. Why does a mother rush to pick up a crying toddler and hold it close? Why do you stroke your daughter’s arm when you’re watching a movie? Why do you pat someone on the back? Why do you shake hands? Get it? Skin is important. Maybe today, you could be Jesus with skin on to someone who needs to be touched.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for your touch. Help me today to touch someone who needs to feel the presence of another. Help my touch to be gentle and encouraging in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.