When he [Jesus] laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. – Luke 13:13
Jesus healed a woman who had been bent over for many years. She rejoiced when Jesus touched her, and she was healed. I have found in my ministry that touching makes a connection in a meaningful way with the person I’m praying with.
A patient with AIDS told me that I was the first person to touch him without having gloves on. He told me how wonderful it was to feel the warmth of my hand. That is the gift that Jesus gives to us in our ministry. Holding a hand, stroking a forehead, or giving a backrub are physical ways for us to connect with others, ways that we can share the love of God non-verbally.
May your week be filled with the warmth of God’s love as we take each other’s hands and pray together.
Prayer: Lord, take our hands that we might be warmed with your love. Take our hands when we are worried and afraid, that we might know your peace. Take our hands, and offer them to someone else, that your hands might hold others through our hands. Amen.
Deaconess Erma Murray