"When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." (Matthew 8:1-4)
"Oh the power of a godly touch. Haven't you known it?
The doctor who treated you, or the teacher who dried your tears?
Was there a hand holding yours at a funeral?
Another on your shoulder during a trial?
A handshake of welcome at a new job?
Can't we offer the same?
Many of you already do.
Some of you have the master touch of the Physician himself.
You use your hands to pray over the sick and minister to the weak.
If you aren't touching them personally, your hands are writing letters, dialing phones, baking pies. You have learned the power of a touch.
But others of us tend to forget.
Our hearts are good: it's just that our memories are bad.
We forget how significant one touch can be....
Aren't you glad Jesus didn't make the same mistake?"
From Max Lucado's book, "Just Like Jesus"