Lent 2010: Touch

Paul Frost recounts a conversation between a student and teacher:

“What do you think of God?” the teacher asked.

After a pause, the young pupil replied, “He’s not a think, he’s a feel.”

The student’s comment reminds us that touch — that feeling — carries with it a different kind of power than just thinking about something.

In relationships, for example, touch can communicate and trigger all kinds of different dynamics and emotions — some good, some bad. For example, touch can be the way in which people are hurt, abused, and humiliated. But touch can also bear love and comfort and healing.

Many of Jesus’ miracles are evidence of the positive power of touch. When someone reached out to touch Jesus’ robe — or when Jesus touched his finger to a blind man’s eyes — lives were changed.

2,000 years later, we also know the significance of touch in our lives.

Friends greet one another with a hug. Business associates convey their relationship in a handshake. Children cuddle in their parents’ arms.

And God still holds us in His hands.

– Amanda Berger

Question: How do you feel God through the sense of touch? Do you feel God most present as you touch or are touched by others?

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