“Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes. Immediately they could see, and they followed Him.”Mathew 20:34
“Reaching out His hand, He touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be made clean,’ and immediately the disease left him.”Luke 5:13
“For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!”Romans 5:10
As a teacher in training, I spent time observing and helping in an elementary school classroom. While there, I made a lot of dittos. Dittos were created on a special copy paper where the raised image would get coated with purple ink, spun on a cylinder, and then printed onto plain paper below. I could create the ditto, load the machine, and turn it on just fine. But as soon as I flipped the start switch it wouldn’t run. If it did run, the ditto would wrinkle and leave crooked lines on the printed pages, or there would be a paper jam. I could do everything to prepare for the printing, but could rarely complete the job. This was so frustrating! I would have to ask someone passing through the work room to flip that final switch for me, and it would print just fine. Each time I had a problem, it seemed that anyone else would have the “magic touch” to get those papers printed.
That ditto machine is gone. The school has been demolished. Yet the feeling of inferiority resurfaces whenever I encounter a similar experience. Then I remind myself of what is truly important in life.
Jesus has the healing touch. When He was here on earth, He healed the blind, lame, sick, and even raised people from the dead. Most of the time it was just with His touch. Other times He used the spoken word. Even today, miracles happen. We can ask for His blessings and recovery for ourselves and others. Jesus took our sins away through His death, and the power that raised Him from the dead continues to work in us for our healing.
The Lord also uses us to reach out to others. We can ask for opportunities to minister to others. Just this week, a friend’s family member was in an accident near my house. Emotions were heightened and clean up tasks had to be completed. I was able to be there, put my arm around her, and remind her that vehicles and property can be repaired or replaced, and that most importantly no one was injured. The Lord put me in the right place to minister to my friend. I am thankful for His guidance and pray to be a blessing to others whenever I can. With the Lord’s help, I have the confidence and ability I need to touch the lives of others.
Thank You for Your healing touch. Thank You for protecting us and helping us through all of life’s difficulties. Thank You for those you send to minister to us. Please help us to be a blessing to others.
In Christ’s name,
Journal: Where have you received God’s healing touch? How can you minister to others who need support and a loving connection?
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