Daily Meditation: March 25, 2015


The Healing Touch

Touch, yes, touch, speaks the wordless words of love. We receive so much touch when we are babies and so little when we are adults. Still, in friendship touch often gives more life than words. A friend’s hand stroking our back, a friend’s arms resting on our shoulder, a friend’s fingers wiping our tears away, a friend’s lips kissing our forehead — these are true consolation. These moments of touch are truly sacred. They restore, they reconcile, they reassure, they forgive, they heal.

Everyone who touched Jesus and everyone whom Jesus touched were healed. God’s love and power went out from him (see Luke 6:19). When a friend touches us with free, nonpossessive love, it is God’s incarnate love that touches us and God’s power that heals us.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson. Scripture chosen by L. Yeskoo.

For further reflection …

She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was free from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” – Mark 5: 26-34 (NIV)

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12 Responses to Daily Meditation: March 25, 2015

  1. Sonya says:

    Today I saw something new in the attached scripture to the writing. I always loved the story, but today I saw the humanness of Jesus. Truly God, yes. Yet he didn’t know who had touched him. Truly human. Hmm. I think I tend to overlook the humanness of Jesus the Christ even after all these years!

    The writing caused a few tears to come to my eyes. Recently my husband was going into a diabetic coma before my eyes. When I realized what was happening I raced for “sweet”–orange juice, a sugar pill. In the meantime our daughter was calling 911. When I finished my “running”, our daughter handed me the phone to talk to the responder and tell any changes as we waited for the squad. I took my husband’s hand and he held it tightly–almost hurting me. He was unaware of anything, yet clung to my “touch”. If I were to ask him right now if he recalled our hands held, he wouldn’t remember. Yet even in that state, the human touch was extremely important.

  2. Daryl says:

    Healing Touch

    Precious gift of touch
    Speaks wordless words of love
    Received so much as babes
    When older there’s lack of

    A touch in friendship blessed
    Gives more life than words
    In tenderness of touch
    Consolation true is heard

    In wiping away tears
    Or stroking of the back
    Arm upon the shoulder
    Hand upon hand stack

    Moments of the sacred
    Reconcile, reassure
    Healing and forgiving
    Through a touch, restore

    Whoever touched our Lord
    Were healed in moment true
    A love that’s non-possessive
    Incarnate God through You

    Based upon Henri Nouwen’s “Bread for the Journey”

    • Sonya says:

      Thank you. I remember stroking my mom’s back as she aged. She felt no one really cared for her any more. I do hope we all remember to touch those we love more and more. As you reminded us Jesus’ touch did miracles!

    • Sonya says:

      I could read and re-read your prayer–very deep. Thanks.

  3. Maureen says:

    Hello Daryl,

    What a beautiful poem – thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Many blessings,
    Henri Nouwen Society

    • Daryl says:

      Thank you Maureen, Henri’s inspirations are such a treasure to me. He is able to put into words, the unspoken knowledge of the soul.

  4. Alex Serrao says:

    Dear Daryl,

  5. Juliana says:

    I came across this story yesterday. Indeed touch and love can perform miracles and give life.

    • Sonya says:

      As you can tell by the date on this, I can’t always read and re-read in a timely fashion. I just watched your YouTube posting. Unbelievable! Thanks for sharing this. Wow!

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