Touch (FMF Link Up)

FMF-Blog-post-headers-Round-6-9Linking up with http://www.Fiveminutefriday.com.  The rules are: set a timer and free write for five minutes on word prompt, then share. (and yes, I know it is Saturday)

Touch…

My mind immediately goes to some study I read about the importance of touch and how so many people do not get enough, especially the elderly. After reading it years ago I tried to be intentional with hugs and meaningful touch with the older people in my church, but as time went on I felt like God opened my eyes to see how many people go a long time without a touch. Widows, single people, and now in my current stage, I am seeing children and teens that do not get meaningful, appropriate contact very often. Some compensate with inappropriate contact with their peers either flailing about, or intimate stuff, but still there is that basic need we have as humans to have contact with each other.

This was brought home when my friends and I first started going into jail to lead a Bible study. We were told no physical contact. After the tour and first experience in a prison with the education and rules, especially something about tasers, I was  definitely following that rule, no problem. But then I met the real women and spent time with them, listening to their hearts, and the cries of their souls, I needed to put my hand on them to comfort them and to pray over them. We asked permission first, and they always said yes.

Then at the end of our first Bible study we had shared so much of their hearts and ours and the Holy Spirit was making His presence known… there had to be hugs. These were human beings who needed meaningful, God honoring touch. The kind that validated their humanity. The kind they craved day in and day out. We did not have to initiate it. These women came over and just hugged, and then went back to their isolated protective day, but in that moment there was a connection and reminder of our shared humanity that no jail could take away.

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4 thoughts on “Touch (FMF Link Up)

  1. So glad you shared your experience. I have seen the need for touch and hugs in the nursing home I visit. It is wonderful that you could touch, hug and pray for women that you visited. Blessings!

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  2. I am so glad you shared this! I am not normally a hugger (except with my close family) and usually just endure the hugs of friends and acquaintances, but now I realize the person doing the hugging may need the touch, so I will think differently of it in the future. Thanks for sharing!
    (I almost never get mine written on Friday and prefer to think that the prompt is posted on Friday, but need not be written until late Thursday following each prompt, which gives me time to think over what to write.)
    Visiting from FMF #46 this week.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. I totally get it about the hugging thing. I never used to be a hugger but now I am one. lol… I do try to respect people’s comfort zone. I have some friends where touch is very uncomfortable for them so I give more of an arm or shoulder quick touch as I try to respect their space.

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