The Power of Touch

Spiritual Prescription “She slipped in from behind and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. At that very moment her hemorrhaging stopped.” Luke 8:44

This is a woman who suffered a bleeding disorder for twelve years. I must say, that’s a significant life challenge, but imagine the difficulty it presented 2000 years ago. It was such an affliction that it cost her everything. Isolated from her family, her relationships hemorrhaged. Seeking a cure, her financial situation hemorrhaged. Because she was considered unclean, she socially hemorrhaged. Just from a physical standpoint, she had to have felt and looked like walking death.

There was a crushing multitude surrounding Jesus on every side, but somehow she was able to push through her pain, weakness and disgrace to press in behind him and touch the edge of his cloak.

I recently watched a sermon by Bishop T.D. Jakes and he made this powerful statement, “every fiber of Jesus is so full of compassion that just touching something that touched him brought healing.”

Even with all the commotion, Jesus knew the precise moment she came in contact with him. He sensed it and stopped in mid-stride to teach us something about how he loves, even though it was scandalous that this unclean woman had touched him and was speaking to him.  In verse 48 Jesus says, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

There are several principles we can see at work in this passage.

  1. At any given moment, in any given crowd of people, someone is hurting – someone is feeling isolated, rejected, and desperate for a touch.
  2. Our faith is activated when we push through the pain and keep pressing forward despite the obstacles. This produces immediate benefits.
  3. When we reach out to Jesus, we’re not lost in the crowd; we get special attention.
  4. It may feel like Christ is looking the other way, but he is always aware of us personally.
  5. Jesus came to set us free! He wants us to be free from things that drain our energy, our resources and our hope.

Today’s prayer: Lord, I do not want to suffer from an anemic faith. Thank you for paying personal attention to me when it looks like I can’t keep up. Help me be an instrument of healing in the life of someone who is hurting, simply because he or she has come in contact with someone who has put them in contact with the Savior.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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One Response to The Power of Touch

  1. Charlotte Scott says:

    Bonnie, I enjoyed your blog and prayer. Touch is so important to healing, physically and spiritually, and I’m glad you took the time to remind us of it. I hope your physicians and staff increase their use of touch with patients as well. Thanks,

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