At the end of our services on Sunday one of our photographers caught this moment. This photo screams healing. While I do not know what is going on inside of this precious couple, I do know that this touch says we love each other.
Humans have an innate sense built in them for touch. Our language contains many expressions that convey the importance of touch. We speak of friends and acquaintances "staying in touch." We know some people that are "out of touch."
Yet many of us live in societies that shun actual physical touch. Sociologist Ashley Montagu observes that we in the Western world "have produced a race of untouchables." He sees this as a sign of the "impersonality of life."
A simple touch--a hand on a shoulder, an arm around a waist--can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure... Doctors tell us that touch also stimulates the brain to produce endorphins, the body's natural pain suppressors"
Many marital relationships suffer from not enough touching. And many dating relationships suffer from too much touching. In the crazy pace of our busy lives, we too often neglect to practice this needed act of affection.
Too often we try to use words to express our hearts, when an extended reach of a hand will do far more than our words. Touch is a powerful way to express our love for one another. Reach out today and give a hug, shake a hand, pat a back, or hold a hand to bring love and healing.
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