A Touch Of Grace

April 15, 1997

Matthew 9:20-21 – Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well."

With the possible exception of the communion elements, we do not think of being able to "touch" God in most of our Protestant services. But we do sometimes touch each other, though rarely, as when the biblical "kiss of peace" is passed. Well, I guess, for all intents and purposes, the kiss has become a handshake, or maybe for the more daring, a hug. One or two people have told me that they find it uncomfortable to greet people they hardly know. It is "too touchy-feely" for some. Perhaps this is because the practice is not done with the reminder of what it is for: it is not a time to get all the hugs we need for the week or even for the day, but a time to recall that we each embody God for the other, and that, where two or three are gathered, there Jesus is among us. As touch can communicate the loving, healing presence of a mother or father or friend, so touch can communicate God in our midst.

Prayer: Lord God, in our lives we often feel alone and lonely. Let us reach out and touch you this day and, blessed by your touch, let us reach out and touch others with your love. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
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