February 2016 Letter: Dear Jesus with Skin on

Dear Jesus with Skin on,

The other day, you took me in your arms and gave me one of those bear hugs that make all ugliness disappear. It was strong and soft and rough and tender and full of grace all at once. And as I walked away, I became aware that I had just been touched by Jesus. And the rest of my day, it was marked by the scent of that hug–it lingered deep within my soul. It let me know that everything was going to be all right.

My friend June used to call you “Jesus with skin on.”

You are that person sent by God to let me know that I am not alone. You are that one who smiled at me in the grocery store when I was so weary. You are that one with a word seasoned with grace when my world was crumbling.

You are Jesus with skin on, wondering the world, touching the unlovable, laughing with the joyful ones, holding on to those who want to let go. You are Jesus with skin on, teaching by example, leading by example. 

Your fragrance is Jesus’. Your eyes, they understand. They speak truth without crushing. And your heart, it reaches out. 

Dear Jesus with Skin on, there are times when I don’t even always know your name. But I thank you for all you are to me.


Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 Home,SDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing Home,Play Dates with God, Monday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Into the Word, In and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays,Extraordinay,Lessons from Ivy,Denise in Bloom, Sweet Blessings, Faith Filled Friday,Finding Joy,WholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life, Still Saturday. Wildcrafting Wednesdays, WFMW , Tell His Story






  1. precious! This makes me want to be that person!!! Thank you! These Jesus with skin on have come into my life and changed my life. I want to do the same for someone. I just love this! Visiting from #playdateswithGod


  2. We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus! I pray that I always exhibit Christ in all that I do. So that those receiving grace know it is him! Visiting from Tell it to Me Tuesday! God Bless:)


  3. What a lovely thought to view Jesus with skin on – those who encourage, give us that needed hug, and speak kind words we need to hear. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.


  4. Hi Barbara!
    Visiting as your neighbor today at #SusanMead. Your post blessed me and I know exactly what you mean. I have heard that phrase “Jesus with skin on” as well and those hugs are priceless in every season!
    Blessings on your day!


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