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Topic: Touch (the sense of touch) (08/05/10)
- TITLE: Precious Touches
By Fern Brown
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Recently, five of our grandchildren spent several days with us, blessing our lives with joy and delight. Rocking the toddler to sleep at night was a thrill as his little fingers wrapped around my pointer for a while. Then his little head brushed against my cheeks, pulling my heartstrings full of love for him. A special delight was the times he put both of his little hands on my cheeks and
kissed me sleepily. Often he raised his head, his eyes full of trust, and smiled sweetly into my eyes, each time melting my heart.
The sweet three year old blew kisses in the night that reached to the depths of my being. In the faint lighting, I saw her little hand gently rise to her mouth, touching it with innocent lips, lifting her hand into the air and softly blowing away the kiss. Her arm slowly lowered to her side as she waved like a little Miss America.
Miracle loved swimming in the neighbor's pool. She was leery of the water, until she realized she could touch her six-year old feet to the bottom of the pool. With goggles on her face, she felt more relaxed about going under water, and soon she swam like a fish, pulling her hands through the water as she kicked. She shouted, “Grandma, watch me jump in. I can swim under water now.”
The two older girls did things around the house. Cleaning dishes by hand, due to a broken dishwasher, throwing loads of clothes into the washer and dryer, and vacuuming, as well as helping with the children, kept them busy with their hands and hearts. They showered the younger children with patience, caressing them tenderly when the little one ones missed Mommy and Daddy.
My husband and I dropped into bed each night exhausted, glad for a chance to smile at each other and chat for a few minutes. We prayed together, kissed good night and cherished the few precious moments we had alone.
Touch is a good thing when it is given in love, to another person. However, we all know that many people are abusive with their touches.
Child molesters harm many children for a lifetime, scarring them with guilt and fear.
Teenagers have peers who seek their own satisfaction in a friendship, leaving the giver with confusion about relationships.
Adults grow disenchanted with their spouses, ignoring that God has set boundaries in marriage. At first it may be a sideways glance, out of curiosity, but the second party sees them and smiles invitingly back. Flirting begins because both parties have egos that desire much bolstering. In a moment of weakness, a friendly hug becomes an enticement too strong to handle and soon they cross the line and commit infidelity.
Touch needs to be kept under godly control. We have an enemy, Satan, who hates us. He seeks to devour anyone who lets down his guard for a moment. Once in his grip, he tears a person to shreds, as a hungry lion rips his prey.
We are wise to gaze into God’s eyes, with our hands resting in His, trusting Him completely to handle us with care. His touch on our lives keeps us from falling into Satan’s vicious traps.
Matthew 9:21 KJV For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
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