Matthew 9:18-38; Leviticus 5-6; Proverbs 21
There is something about the power of touch that is amazing. As I walked into church the other day, I thought people might think it was “cute” to see us still holding hands. Two other couples, married longer than us were walking in and they were still holding hands as well. There is something about the simple power of touch that brings joy to life. Jesus showed the healing power of touch. “While Jesus was speaking to them, a ruler came and knelt in front of him, saying, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and place your hand on her, and she’ll live.’ So Jesus and his disciples got up and went with him. Then a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years came up behind Jesus and touched the hem of his clothes. She thought, If I only touch his robe I’ll be healed.” (Matthew 9:18-21) Two outcasts of society: a woman and a child needed the touch of Jesus. We know how the stories ended up. The woman was healed because of her faith. The young girl was brought back to life. Jesus touched these two outcasts of society and brought physical and spiritual healing. We still need to touch people with the love of Jesus today. Sometimes it will be a physical touch: a pat on the shoulder, a handshake, a hand up. At other times we’ll need to touch them by showing them the love of Jesus in different ways. The touch of Jesus still works wonders in a world that has become enclosed in our technological boundaries.
Lord, let me touch people with Your love today. Let the power of Your healing love flow through me and use me to bring healing to people’s bodies, spirits and emotions.