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Healing…Touch

Scripture, The Holy Bible, is replete with examples of touch.

First mention of touch is in Genesis, when God tells Adam and Eve that if they touch the fruit of the tree, that they shall surely die. Genesis 3:3

It refers to becoming holy when touching the alter that is holy. Exodus 29:37

It refers to touching that which is unclean. Leviticus 5:3

It refers to he who touches you,  touching the apple of his eye: Zechariah 2:8

I could go on and on. 144 times the word touch is used in the Bible. (ESV)

The one I want to show you is this one; found in Mark chapter 16, the last part of the 18th verse;

They will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

I’m not here to debate scripture, I just wanted to point out a thought I had some time ago about this verse. It showed up to me in conversation again last week. I’ve had much time to test my hypotheses on what I’m about to say, and I believe it to be true.

Notice, no where there in that verse does its say that you have to pray. No where in that verse does it say you have to speak. No dialogue appears necessary.

It simply says lay hands on. Touch. Hug? And they will recover.

It does not speak of what kind of sick; cold, flu, cancer, blind or deaf. It doesn’t speak of sick that is not evident in appearance; depression, mental challenges, fibromyalgia or a plethora of other things.

I have read stories, miraculous ones, where a newborn is close to death, when a sibling is placed touching their side or someone related or otherwise, holds on to them. Holds on to them like they are the most important thing in life at that moment; when suddenly, signs of life begin to return.

Many times, I have felt downtrodden, sad or just plain lonely, and someone holds my hand, puts their hand on my shoulder, or gives me a hug. No words. Just a simple touch. Amazingly, the despair, the sadness, the loneliness, begins to subside.

I have been a big proponent of hugs for a very long time. It’s a “Ministry” of sorts. I’ve hugged some, who simply refused to let go. When this happens I begin to imagine the energy of the Lord transferring from me to them. And you know what? I believe it does. When they finally let go, they say that they feel better.

Can you imagine? Something as simple as a hug, giving off healing power?

I know it’s true! I’ve read about it, seen it, felt it, and been a giver of it.

There is one disclaimer though. You have to “Know your audience” as they say. Not everyone is open to hugs, or even healing for that matter. (Imagine?) So you have to let them be. But for those who are open to it, a wondrous thing can occur.

So who’s with me? Can we all begin a hug fest today, and see where it takes us? There can be a whole lot of healing going on!

 

 

 

 

“What if?”

 

I hear these words all around.

People are always asking “What if?”

The question itself is not a bad one.

I wish the context was different.

Here’s what I mean;

  •       “What if” it rains?
  •       “What if” I get fired?
  •       “What if” it doesn’t fit?
  •       “What if” I make the wrong choice?
  •       “What if” I don’t know any other way to go?
  •       “What if” it doesn’t work?

You get the idea.

What usually follows “What if?” is negative.

“What if?” we were to turn that around?

  •       “What if” it doesn’t rain?
  •       “What if” getting fired opens up new opportunities for you?
  •       “What if” it’s too big?
  •       “What if” the choice I make is someone else’s Significant Encounter?
  •       “What if” the way I go is far more glorious than the way I’ve always gone?
  •       “What if” it does work?

As you can see, it is only a matter of reframing our words.

Most media today whether liberal, conservative or any other you can think of,

is designed to show only the downside of “What if”.

Insurance companies count on “What if”.

Our discontent stems from the fact that we only see the dark side of things.

I’d like you to try an experiment with me.

For a week, just a week, try posing your “What if?” questions in the positive.

See how you feel at the end of that week.

Is your positive “What if” attitude being contagious to those around you?

Is your atmosphere beginning to change?

Are you feeling a little lighter inside?  Healthier?

I’ve spotted three verses from Proverbs citing this reaction.

Proverbs 15:30 says this; Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart and good news gives health to the bones.

In Proverbs 17:22 you’ll find this;   A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 23:7 as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.

I for one am tired of negative “What if” trying to dry out my bones.

I want my heart to think better things.

How about you?

Tell us in the comments one “What if?” that you can change this week.

“What if” they all comment and we can learn some new things?