The Focus: Reach out and touch


Are you a little weary of all the ‘political correctness’ that is taking place in our culture today?

I think that most everyone would agree with me that we’ve gone a bit overboard in being too cautious. And then when you have the media coverage on high-profile child molestation cases … and the emphasis in the workplace on sexual harassment … and the increase of reported rapes on college campuses … we are quickly becoming a culture that is hesitant to ‘touch’.

Now, I am referring to touching one another – not in a suggestive manner – but in a way that communicates love, warmth, acceptance, concern and care.

Someone gave me this poem and I have no idea who the author is – – but it’s right on target.


I am your baby, please touch me!

Not just when you feed me and diaper me

But, stroke my legs, my arms, my back, my head.

Hold me close in tenderness

That says … I love you!

I am your teenager, please touch me!

I need to feel a fond love coming through your hands, your arms;

I need to see it in your eyes, hear it in your voice,

Even when we disagree, some of me is still a child…

Please touch me!

I am a grown child with a family of my own,

Please put your arms around me

Mother, Father, when my heart aches

With heartaches you have known.

Now that I am a parent,

I see you differently and love you more.

When you embrace your grandchildren…

Don’t forget me!

I am your aging parent,

Please touch me the way my mother did

When I was young.

My hair is coarse and gray

But please stroke it.

My hand is withered, but hold it.

Embrace my tiring body,

I need your strength …

Please touch me!

Repeatedly throughout the New Testament we read account after account of how Jesus would TOUCH and heal many, many folks. Now … He was God in the flesh. It wasn’t necessary for Him to TOUCH in order for the healing to take place. He could have just spoken the words and the healing would have occurred. But the fact is … Jesus touched others!

And … so should we!!

Are you old enough to remember the Motown song from the 197s … “Reach out and touch somebody’s hand … make this world a better place if you can.”

Or, better yet, reflect on the words to this classic song written by Bill Gaither … “He (Jesus) touched me! O, He touched me! And O, the joy that floods my soul! Something happened, and now I know, He touched me and made me whole!”

Who in your life needs to be TOUCHED today?

Don’t hold back … reach out and TOUCH!

By Dennis Wheeler

Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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