The Power Of Touch

I attend a book study one morning a week at a local restaurant. This week, I arrived a little early and talked with the leader as he buttered a bagel. A few minutes later, several members of the group arrived, and one lady took a seat behind the leader. She settled into the chair. The leader kindly placed a strong hand on the slender shoulder of the woman and slid the bagel in front of her. It was from that simple touch, that gentle gesture that I was made aware that this woman was the man’s wife.

Touch is a powerful communicator. It expresses our deepest emotions when words cannot. A touch makes our thoughts tangible to another. How we touch and how we use touch reveals our character.

Consider the ministry of Jesus. He used touch. He raised a dead girl by taking her hand. He touched a man with leprosy and healed him. He touched Simon’s mother-in-law and cured her fever. And Luke records, “[The] people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying His hands on each one, He healed them” (4:40).

Jesus’s touch communicated the most powerful message in history: God was on earth. Each time Jesus touched a person and brought healing or restored life, His character was revealed. His divine nature, which was hidden in human skin, was manifest through His touch. His human frame testified to the truth of His humanity. His touch, and the signs He performed, testified to the truth that He was God.

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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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  1. Fear

    It’s sad that so many ministers and church elders have a reluctance to lay hands on people when they pray with them for fear of some impropriety. Physical comfort is just as much a part of healing as spiritual comfort. As Christ’s body in the world the church has to show compassion in actions as well as words. You are so right that a touch can speak louder than words.

  2. Daughter

    Praying all will go well for Courtney. That you surround my daughter with good friends and other that will always be blessing to her and her daughters. Keep her and the girls always under your protection Father. I pray that you Always make a way out for her and daughters through your will Father. Amen.

  3. Healing

    Please pray for my husband of 45 years. He needs healing in his mind and body. He thinks negative all the time. Please pray that the Lord heals his body. Please pray that our marriage will continue to be better.

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