4/13: The Touch

 

In a newsletter on touch, authors by Ben Benjamin, PhD and Ruth Werner, LMT comment:

  • Touch is vital for survival in the very young. Every day in our nation’s hospitals, sick and premature infants, isolated in sterile environments, are given the touch therapy of massage for fifteen minutes, three times a day… Although these babies are given exactly the same amount of food as others, they grow faster, gain more weight and leave the hospital sooner than their untouched counterparts. But that’s not all! The “volunteer grandparents” who give their time to massage, touch, hold and rock these babies also experience significant benefits: they drink less coffee and make fewer trips to the doctor. When they regularly massage babies, they also have lower anxiety levels, fewer symptoms of depression, and improved self-esteem. (See http://www.benbenjamin.net.)

In the April 30, 2010 article entitled “How Important is Physical Contact with Your Infant?”, author Katherine Harmon also speaks to the issue of touch and emotional engagement as it relates to childhood and parental development.

  • Skin-to-skin contact with babies is important for their development… Particularly in the newborn period, it helps calm babies: they cry less and it helps them sleep better. It seems to help the mothers, too. It reduces their stress level—they report lower levels of depression, they seem to be able to be more sensitive to their baby’s cues and the babies are more responsive to the mother through the whole first three months. (See Scientificamerican.com.)

God built the importance of touch in to our humanity. Jesus proved the importance of what God had built into us by making many public examples of the power of touch. Two such examples happened in the same day. In Luke chapter 8, we read of the woman with the 12-year struggle with a blood disease. She “came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped” Luke 8:44 (NKJ). Jesus knew her touch had been effective because even before she admitted what she had done, He said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me” Luke 8:46 (NKJ).

Later in the same day, Jesus arrived at Jairus’ house where the man’s 12-year-old daughter had died. The Master “took her by the hand [Jesus touched her] and called, saying, ‘Little girl, arise.’ Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately” Luke 8:54-55 (NKJ).

Whether it’s a touch to His hem or the touch of His hand, the touch of Jesus can positively affect every circumstance. Let’s not waste time reaching to touch or be touched by those who cannot help. Reach for Jesus first. His touch will make all the difference.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on April 13, 2013.

One Response to “4/13: The Touch”

  1. Touch us right now Lord. Thank you for what you did for me on yesterday. Thank you for today; and, I’m thanking you in advance for what you are willing to do for me in the future.

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