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Psalm 139

More than Skin Deep

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Psalm 139
More than Skin Deep

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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I’ll bet you don’t think much about your skin, yet your skin is a protective covering that shields the rest of your body. It protects your muscles, bones – all that is inside such as your heart, stomach and liver. Your skin protects you from diseases and it lets you know when something is too hot or cold.

Your skin stretches just as much as it needs to. When you smile or laugh (a lot, I hope) the skin on your face stretches. The skin on your knuckles is quite stretchy. Make a fist and see how that works.

The thinnest skin is on your eyelids and the thickest skin is on the soles of your feet.

You might be interested in a couple of interesting facts about animal skin. A rhinoceros’s skin is almost two inches thick (indicate how thick that is) and snakes have thinner skins, often beautifully colored and marked. (Show photo.) A polar bear has black skin underneath its white fur.

Our human skin comes in many colors – all beautiful. Our skin protects our amazing bodies. The Psalms tell us that God knew us before we were born and that we are “wonderfully made” (139:14). God took care of every detail to give us just what we need to have bodies that allow us to run and play and laugh.

When you look in the mirror, thank God for that beautiful skin and healthy body. You are truly “wonderfully made!”

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2014, Richard Niell Donovan