“As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.” Luke 4:40
Touch can be healing. It can show love. It can show care. It can show concern. It can show comfort. It can show protection. Touch is a very powerful sense. It is said that touch is the very first sense that we acquire. Touch is practiced all over the globe. It is a universal need. Touch is powerful.
- “But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” Luke 8:46
A toddler in her stroller looks concerned. Her mom turns to her to reassure her, reaching out to grab her small hand. She quietly takes it, squeezes, and releases. Her daughter relaxes, smiles, turns away, then back to Mom. She takes her hand again… squeeze and release. She picks up her precious daughter and gives her a big hug and her daughter’s smile is permanent on her face. Without words, her daughter is comforted by her mother’s touch.
“Touch” is referenced 138 times in the Bible. We can be defiled (made unholy, or unclean) by what we touch. We can be made sick by what we touch. We can die by what we touch. We can sin by what we touch. We can be made clean. We can heal (well, actually God heals, we just pray and touch). We can pray. We can bless. We can love.
- “Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.” Daniel 10:18
Last year, I had the gift of going on a mission trip to Ethiopia. During this trip, we had asked one of our translators, Abinet, what he was seeing in our week there. He noticed our touches. We were not afraid to embrace the people of Ethiopia. Others, in the past, had kept their distance afraid of contracting some sort of disease. Sad! The Ethiopians would feel unclean, unloved, and of little worth. Sharing hugs and kisses with them meant more to them then many words can speak (especially with the language barrier.)
- “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” 2 Timothy 1:6
Give hugs and loving touches freely and often! You are the hands and heart of Jesus Christ.
- “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:15-17