I read a survey though I can not recall where at the moment, that when asked what they missed most, the elderly surveyed across the board, did not miss a deceased spouse, or days gone by, or better health.
Above all else, they missed the human touch.
As people get older they are touched less, though the need for physical touch increases.
Human touch is so important.
It can calm.
It can soothe.
It can certainly heal.
When I talk to nursing students I always encourage them to touch their patients.
It connects two people in such a strong bond.
Christ himself knew this.
He was often touching someone to bring them healing.
One in particular was the lady who had been bleeding for years.
She crawled through the growing and shoving crowd who were all around Jesus.
Somehow she crawled through the crowd and touched just the hem of his garment.
But when she did, Christ stopped and said, “Who touched me? Power has gone out from my body.”
It was her.
And even with people all around him pushing and shoving, Christ was able to distinguish a individual touch.
Another verse says, “and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.” Matthew 14:36
I am not saying our clothes are filled with healing, as was the clothing of Jesus.
But the touch we offer, and the touch we receive, does have an exchange of strength.
Tomorrow, let me encourage you to go throughout the day with a new look on touch.
A tug, a push, a nudge, a hug, a hand that is held.
All powerful examples of touching.
Especially, if you come in contact with an elderly person tomorrow.
Make a special effort to touch them.
To take their hand in yours.
To do whatever it takes for them to feel accepted and normal again.
As a physical human being.
Try it and watch someone light up.
I did it just yesterday and what a difference it made.