"Touch is one of the most powerful communication tools. ... Stacks of research, for example, have shown that a gentle touch or hug can cause a speeding heart to quiet, soaring blood pressure to drop, and severe pain to ease" ~Les and Leslie Parrott, Becoming Soul Mates
These are the words that Joel and I read together in our devotions tonight. It made me think how much 'touch' is a blessing in my life---my husband's hand holding mine, my little girl knocking me over with a great big bear hug, or a gentle kiss on the face of my sleeping baby boy. All express the joy of being close to the other person, all say 'I love you'.
"And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well."