Leprous as snow

by  Beth Johnson

CHENNAI, INDIA (WGN)- Last Sunday, Stella (Indians rarely use surnames) was helping her children’s Bible class to understand Exodus 4. She was struggling with verses 6-7:

Johnsons in India“And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.”

After the lesson, Stella asked her students if anyone could explain about leprosy. Her son Vincent, 5, spoke up, “Yes, it is a disease that makes you look like Aunty Beth.”

Well, all you have to do is look at the photo to understand that in his mind the contrasting skin colors meant that “Aunty Beth” (probably “Uncle Dennis,” too) has leprosy, and that is what makes her so white.

Kids! Gotta love ’em!

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

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