When I reflect on the scriptures we will consider in worship this week, the concept I keep coming back to is that faith requires all of who we are.
Faith touches our hearts.
Faith captivates and sometimes challenges our minds.
And, faith breathes through our bodies.
Walking in faith is a full-body experience.
Paul makes this point to the early Christians in Corinth using athletic images. He wants his body -- metaphorically and physically -- to be ready whenever he is called to act on his faith.
In Mark's gospel, a leper comes to Jesus asking to be made clean. To be healed. To be made whole.
How do we need to prepare ourselves to practice our faith?
How do we need to be healed to embody our faith?
As we consider these scriptures and as we prepare for Lent, consider your own preparations, consider what request you would make for healing and wholeness in your life.
How will you walk in faith?