A Champion Who Sets The Pace for Her Race: Dr. Mary Tumpkin’s Story

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Scripture Reading

Matthew 8:1-4 (NIV)
When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately, he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you don’t tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

Introductory Remarks: 

UFBL’s Immediate Past President, The Rev. Dr. Mary A. Tumpkin, set her pace by realizing that God’s will for all is wholeness. To engage God’s wholeness, she adopted forgiveness as a spiritual practice. One of her last acts on this earth was to forgive, and in turn to ask for the forgiveness of others. 

Major Points of the Lesson:

  1. God made you whole. We forget this Truth and allow circumstances and conditions to ‘trick’ us into believing otherwise. 
  2. It is up to us to choose the wholeness that God has chosen for us.
    • Choose the position of ‘master’ and not ‘slave’ to life’s appearances. 
    • Pay attention to where God is leading you.
    • Silence is golden.
    • Your decision to forgive releases known and unknown debris that blocks your inner healing flow.


As a spiritual being, concentrate on what is TRUE about you. “…[A]ffirm what already is. Prepare your mind to receive. As the Spirit worked through Jesus, so does it work through each one of us.” 

Mary A. Tumpkin in Daily Inspiration for Healing


If you choose, begin the 40 Day Journey to Wholeness, using the text Daily Inspiration for Healing. Give it your all and see what happens.