Do you need a hug today?
When my children were born, I couldn’t wait to hold them and touch their little fingers and toes. And when my sweet dad was on mega doses of morphine before passing away, I just held his hand. Human touch has wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits for people of all ages. Research shows that touch reduces pain, relieves stress, improves pulmonary function, and stimulates growth in infants
Jesus often coupled touching with healing. Today’s scripture reading relates just one occasion. He also touched Peter’s mother-n-law on the hand and took away her fever (Matthew 8:14-15). He touched the eyes of two blind men and gave them sight (Matthew 8:1-15). He even touched and cleansed a leper (Mark 1:40-42).
As a senior care giver, it is so important to hold the hand of your client while guiding them. It is so important to rub their back or even put on their shoes. All require touch and all exhibit them you unconditional love.
We benefit from appropriate human touch, but societal inhibitions sometimes get in the way. If you find yourself wavering between a handshake and a hug, consider a friendly pat on the back, shoulder, or hand. Or, you can always do the side-hug. Both you and your friend will benefit from these tactile forms of communication.
Scripture for the Today: When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. Luke 13:13.
Dear Merciful Healer, Jesus’ example inspires me. Show me how to reach out to someone who needs my touch today. Amen.