My friend, may I ask you a question? Could it be that God himself is grieved when those He has personally touched with His love, refrain from touching one another? Could it also be that by removing intimacy, we remove the surest way of knowing who our friends really are?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I recently attended a political rally with a young friend who was interested in getting into politics. We witnessed a rousing campaign speech in the midst of a closely packed crowd. And, when victory was promised and the candidate again made his way to the bus, there were hugs and kisses among campaign workers and the candidate. As the bus pulled away I turned to my friend and remarked how great it was that everyone felt so free to let their hair down and actually touch one another. He remarked, “Yes! But the youth club I belong to recently adopted a N.T.P. policy. When I asked what the policy was, he said: “A no touch policy. We’re not allowed to show emotion in any way that involves touch.”
“We’re not allowed to touch!” Those words really struck me. Unfortunately, we live in a society where it’s the norm as opposed to the exception. It also struck me as to how hard it would be for me personally to remove all the hugs that I’ve ever given to friends in friendship or to the sorrowful in need. If we succeed in removing all intimacy from our social relationships, how strong can those relationships really be?
Here’s a story: The University of Northern Iowa once offered a general art course that included a most unusual exercise. The teacher brought to class a shopping bag filled with lemons and gave a lemon to each class member. The assignment was for the student to keep his lemon with him day and night--smelling, handling, examining it. Next class period, with- out warning, students were told to put their lemons back in the bag. Then each was asked to find his lemon. Surprisingly, most did so without difficulty. Without intimate relationships, the task would have been near impossible. (Source Unknown)
Does keeping our relationships with one another fresh and fulfilling exclude touch? In a society so fearful of touch, it almost seems so. The Bible tells us that there is a “time to embrace and a time to refrain” (Ecclesiastes 3:5). Could it be that God himself is grieved when those He has personally touched with His love, refrain from touching one another? Could it also be that by removing intimacy, we remove the surest way of knowing who our friends really are?
We pray. Father, Everything that You have created has a purpose and many of those things are purposed to be touched. Among them Father are us. You created all of us to be able to touch one another in ways that express kinship, friendship, loyalty and brotherhood. Yet, in our turned-up-side-down culture so many are afraid that even the smallest touch is wrong, somehow demeaning and unworthy. Forgive us Father when we twist your commandments of decency into ordinances of prohibition that You never intended these to be. Especially pardon us Father when we fail to touch someone who dearly needed our touch in a time of great need, and we failed to do so because we were afraid for no good reason at all. Let us honor one another with touch in ways that You not only approve but have ordained in Your Word. In Jesus Name! Amen.
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