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Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)
TITLE: Come Unto Me
By Yvonne Leigh
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Dwelling in the shadowy rooms of this habitation of flesh, unseen and secret, is the soul and its spirit, and for the Christian, the Holy Spirit. These are the actors and reactors that make the entire thing move. The whole kit and caboodle of the creation of man was purposely designed for fellowship with God. Everything else was created for God’s pleasure whose pleasure it was to benefit man. The need for fellowship was the heart of human fabrication and God saw that the affection of animals was not enough. God had installed the powerful need for human touch; the fellowship instinct. Declaring that it is not good for man to be alone, God divided his image in half to make a matched set. Together, the man and his wife would make the image whole.
Of all the senses our incredible body is equipped with, it is the sense of touch that points to the reason for our creation. How deeply satisfying it is to walk hand in hand with a companion. When two walk together, there is someone to help the one who stumbles to get back to his feet. But then, it is impossible for two to walk together unless they agree, and we must not be joined together as believers and non-believers. If we gather together with groups of like mind as ours, we multiply our functions and power.
In contrast, without contact with other humans, the mind becomes susceptible to aberrations in thinking. Having no stimulus to remember, the memory begins to atrophy and the mind begins to confuse reality and fantasy. If this confusion opens the mind to fear, the reactions can become paranoid and aggressive. Parts of the body begin to deteriorate from grief.
As long as we live, our hunger for friends and companions never goes away, and the aging process has no point at which the fellowship instinct fades. Loneliness afflicts the soul and spirit with black dread that has no other cure but the company of another human. What a wonderful, medicinal change can be accomplished by the longed-for appearance of another living soul; one who reaches out with warm arms to embrace a quivering, lonely person in their distress. The core need for the touch of another human is our part of the Divine desire for fellowship with the ones created in his own image.
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