When Jesus heals a leper, He starts by healing the man’s shame. People are often unable to seek out God’s love and help because they are crippled by shame.

No child of God is a mistake. No one should be ashamed of who they are. When one is healed of shame, then new life can begin.

Dear God, may I be willing to be freed from the shackles of shame. In my encounters with others, may I affirm everyone’s inherent dignity.