“During my hospital stay, I experienced many healing touches. I was forced to completely rely on others to fulfill almost every need, plus my many wants. The nurses had to gently help me get out of bed, and then back for something as simple as going to the bathroom. The gentle touch not only conveyed their concern and level of care, but was a form of encouragement, signaling to me that I was going to be able to eventually accomplish this simple task on my own, along with the many others I would face down the road.
The Lord cares about even our basic needs and provides a way to meet them. “The Lord heard him; he saves him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:5-6)
One specific memorable touch came from my long-time, dear, friend Kandy, author of Hungry for More. After five days in the hospital, it was discovered that I was anemic. Being anemic feels like you are scum on a rock or mud on the bottom of your shoe. Finally, it was decided that I would receive two units of blood.
Kandy was visiting my room as I awaited the blood, and realized I was feeling lousy. She did the most amazing thing… she placed the cool palms of her hands on my forehead and neck and just TOUCHED me! It felt like a healing balm and I asked her to keep them there. She kept her hands in place for probably a minute and the sense of touch was calming and healing. No additional medicine had been administered, yet healing had occurred. This happened another time Kandy came to see me and she once again exercised this gift of powerful touch.
We are to be extensions of God’s peace and comfort, using our hands. As Christians, we should exhume calmness in the midst of our storms, but especially in the midst of others’ storms, actively practicing the power of touch. Something as simple as touch can be powerful and affective. “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with worry.” (Psalm 34:5)
Sadly, we often fly through life, on a mission to complete our never-ending to-do list, and are unaware of the numerous missed opportunities to minister through touch. You see, touch takes time and must be administered at the right time, in the right way. If listening, the Lord will prompt us to lay a hand on the back of a co-worker, or squeeze the hand of a hurting friend, or even place our hand on the forehead of a dear friend. However, we must be operating in His presence, attune to what He would have us do to. The gift of the blessing of touch is reciprocal. The giver and the receiver are both blessed. TRY IT!
He will direct our every move if we are “in Him”. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8) and “Look to the Lord and His strength. Seek His face always.” (Psalm 105:4)
Who will you touch today on His behalf?
Me and Martha at a high school 50’s day.
Martha and I since the accident.