Don’t touch it …

“If you touch anything ritually unclean, like the carcass of an unclean animal, wild or domestic … you’re contaminated and you’re guilty.” Leviticus 5:2

free rangeThe book of Leviticus taught the Israelites how to live a holy life to benefit their overall health and wellbeing. They saw the rules as a gift from a caring God. Today we have federal guidelines and rules and regulation to keep our food safe.

Years ago, I decided I wanted homegrown (before we called them “free range”) chickens for our deep freeze. I enlisted farmer friends to add an additional two dozen chicks to their spring inventory. A few months later, we scheduled a butchering day.

On the way to the farm, a scene flashed through my mind. I was a child standing by the fence watching my mother step on the head of a chicken and pull it off the body. I shook off the memory and wondered if I really wanted fresh, homegrown chicken.

After observing the farmers skin and gut a few chickens, I mustered up the courage to plunge my hand deep into the cavity of a chicken. Over forty-years later, I still remember how my hand recoiled as I felt the warm organs, and how my friends laughed when my eyes flashed a sense of horror. At that moment, I wondered if I really wanted fresh, homegrown chicken. They were worth the experience!

Dear God, help us understand that you love us enough to establish rules to save our lives. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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