Shackled by a heavy burden
Neath a load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me
And now I am no longer the same
He touched me, oh he touched me
And oh the joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and made me whole
William J. Gaither
It was a chorus of my youth, sung with much gusto.
I need touch. My Soul needs the touch of another to destroy the walls of isolation and fear.
What is touch? For some the word ‘touch’ is loaded with experiences of being inappropriately physically touched.
The ‘touch’ I am referring to is about touching the soul. It might include appropriate physical touch, but most likely it will be some words, a smile, a gesture. Something is conveyed from deep within one person into the soul of another.
Isolation is broken.
Connection is made.
Hope is delivered.
Something intangible is stirred up, released and comes alive.
We have so many conversations where information is passed from one to another. Nice pleasant conversations, but when you walk away from the interchange of words nothing has changed within you.
Then there are others where perhaps a few simple words were said to you that touched something deep inside you.
It might be words such as ‘Your loved’.
How do we learn to touch?
Listen! Tune your soul to listen to what is happening in the other and to what Spirit (Holy) whispers into your soul.
There are no easy 5 steps to learning how to touch. It will be a matter of learning via listening.
What experiences of being touched with words or gestures have you experienced? Comment below.
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