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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 17, 2019

TOUCHING

Luke 10:25-42

But a certain Samaritan, as He journeyed, came where He was: and when He saw him, He had compassion on him (10:33).

The Warmth Of The Hand

In my reading, I came across one of the strangest things that my mind could imagine. It was a manual for a mechanic, how to make instruments in steel of perfect measurement, working with lathes and making those things out of iron.

And one of the rules in the book for mechanics was this: “Remember, the warmth of the hand will increase the diameter of the shaft.” I read that I don’t know how many times. “Remember, the warmth of the hand will increase the diameter of the shaft.” That manual is talking about cold steel! That manual is talking about iron, hard iron! And the manual says, remember, the warmth of the hand will increase the diameter of the shaft. It will move cold steel – the warmth of a human hand, the touch of a human hand. When I read that, I thought if the warmth and touch of a human hand will do that to a bar of cold steel, think what it will do, the loving, warm, compassionate, prayerful touch of a human hand to a human heart, to a human life, to someone who is sick in soul or hurt in heart, or grieved in spirit, the touch of a human hand.

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