Just a Touch

I read through the New York Times Article, “Greenland Is Melting Away“, using my touch-screen lap top computer. Touch screens give the phrase “Let your fingers do the walking” a whole new meaning. And as I moved my finger on the screen on one of the displays, I was zeroing in on greater detail. For a moment I forgot about the article and reveled in the technology of touch.

You can read about the history of touch in the computer world. It may take you further back than you would have thought. But in fact, human beings long for touch. We need contact.

I had a conversation with someone whose spouse died several years ago. I gently rubbed their shoulders in a friendly and fleeting moment. Our relationship together is such that I knew it was OK for me to do so. But they surprised me when they said: “I miss being touched …”

We need to be careful about indiscriminately touching people. It’s best to ask before you hug. But for all our being careful about it, we may have gone to the other extreme. Our personal devices aren’t the only things wanting to be held; our persons long for physical connection, too.

Christians believe God reached out and touched the world with the grace and power of Jesus. Perhaps you can reach out today and offer a touch, an embrace, an appropriate and gentle reminder to someone who needs to know they are loved and held.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.