Touch is the prompt for Five Minute Friday this week. One of the first things I thought of is the simple act of touching something with your outstretched hand. It could be the strong grasp of a hardy handshake, or maybe the soft fur of a cat.
Our sense of touch is very important to us. Maybe it’s the kisses and hugs from loved ones including those of precious children or grandchildren. Or it’s the feel of dough on your fingers as you knead it in preparation for baking bread.
Then there is the cold, icy feeling when you form a snowball with your hands. Or perhaps the splash of cool water on a warm sunny day. Maybe you like the feel of walking barefoot in the grass or on a sandy beach.
There is also another kind of touch that reaches our emotions stirring our hearts. Listening to music can reach through to your soul bringing tears of joy or sadness.
Five minutes is not really enough time to think of all the ways touch comes into our lives. When an artist is at work or a poet or a chef or with any other activity, each person leaves their own special touch.
Jesus Often Used Touch
There are many instances in the Bible where Jesus used touch —- in healing, blessing the children, comforting. One such time, which you can read about it in Matthew 17, is when Jesus took Peter, James and John up on the mountain where He was transfigured before them. But when God spoke, the disciples fell down in fear.
While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell face down and were terrified.
Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.”When they looked up they saw no one except Jesus alone.
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