I grew up in a church that believed in the literal “laying on of hands” while praying for someone. I still like to pray that way because I believe there is a power in human touch.
Science has proven that human-to-human touch has helped people feel better faster, lowers blood pressure, and stimulates cognitive development in newborns.
We shake hands with people when we meet them as a sign of acceptance.
We lay our hand on a friend’s arm or shoulder to show we empathize with their pain.
We embrace or kiss a loved one to show affection.
Dr. Paul Brand, a renowned surgeon who worked with leprosy patients in India, said that his hands were his most delicate and most accurate diagnostic tool.
How devastating when we withhold our touch! How crushing when the only time we touch is when we are angry!
- Think about how much more meaningful our prayers with someone would be if we would just lay our hands on them.
- Think about how much warmer the greeting would be if we gave someone the two-hander handshake.
- Think about how much greater our bond with a hurting friend if we simply put our arm around their slumping shoulders.
- Think about how much deeper the connection with your spouse and children if you held hands more often.
Touch someone today. When you do, you’ll be touching much more than their hand; you’ll be touching their heart. Your touch could make a world of difference to someone today.