Today, I am thankful for … the sense of TOUCH.
"And a leper came to Him, beseeching Him, and saying to Him, 'If you are willing, You can make me clean.' And moved with compassion, He stretched out His hand , and touched him, and said to him, 'I am willing; be cleansed.'"
Mark 1: 40-41
Doesn't it feel good to focus all of our thought and devotion on thanksgiving? 'Tis the season, right? But, I've found the simple activity of thanking God for gifts that often and easily are missed has been extra special. We are so blessed by God that everyday gifts are quickly forgotten and taken for granted. Thank you, Chris Baxter, for directing this study and for bringing to mind so many reasons for thanks.
I am the Mom of three children. My oldest two are boys, and the youngest is a girl. There isn't much I enjoy more than a good hug from one of them. I remember how wonderful these hugs felt when they were babies and toddlers. Now, my daughter is in 6th grade; and, although she's nearly as tall as me, she will still sit in my lap for hugs and love. Girls are just naturally more touchy it seems. My oldest son doesn't care for it at all. But, my youngest son, Collin, gives the best hugs in the world. He's about three inches taller than me. But, at least three times a day, he wraps his long arms around me for a giant hug. It's THE best!
As great as that is, I believe the brief touch we read about in scripture today was even more amazing. In Jesus' time, leprosy was a humiliating disease. It affected the skin, and it was so contagious that those infected with the disease were removed from others. No one wanted to be around lepers much less touch them. This particular leper heard that Jesus was around. He approached Him and asked Him for healing. Jesus wasn't repulsed by the physical condition of this man. He reached out and TOUCHED him, and he was made well.
Today, we can take time to give thanks for the sense of touch. We can verbalize gratitude for God, because He gave us the ability to experience life and love tangibly. I can't help but also give thanks that God, through Jesus, chose to touch us. He chose to take on humanity.... all five of the senses..... to touch our lives with His very self. There's not one thing He accomplished here on earth that All Powerful God couldn't have spoken into existence from the safety and perfection of Heaven. But, He chose to come and be face to face, knee to knee, and shoulder to shoulder with us so that He could touch our sickness and make us well. Oh, how I love Him! And, oh how thankful I am for Him.
For further reading and study: Mark 10:13-16; 1 Peter 5:14
Father God, thank you for touching our lives with Your Son and His redemption. We will never be the same. And, our hearts are filled with gratitude. Thank you for giving us the sense of touch, for allowing us to give and receive touch in relationship with the people you have given us. You are a personal God, and I believe the sense of touch demonstrates that trait. Give us opportunities today to reach out and touch someone as a means of sharing Your love.