Tag Archives: God’s touch


Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45

26Tuesday 28 March

What image does ‘the hand of the Lord coming upon you’, conjure up? – Ezekiel 37:1. To be touched by God is more than a passing brush past; sending, at the most, an inconsequential shiver down the spine quickly to be forgotten. Those who have been so touched in the scriptures, bear witness to its life changing nature. Those who are sick are healed, those bound are freed, those in the valley of the shadow of death live.

Question: What comes to mind when you reflect upon so much in the world today? Do you sometimes think that there is much that could, should, be touched by God in way that would make a difference; a change for the better?

 Prayer: Then reach out and make that touch, for “yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” – Teresa of Avila.


Encounters with God – in a gesture

In a Gesture

“How was it that you experienced this?” he prompted softly, watching her gesture while she spoke.

She reshaped her hands as if to cradle a tiny object.

Looked again.

Moved her cupped hands one over the other, cradling.

Was still. . . .

Gasped slightly as the stillness caught her

with the gentleness of a blowing whisper that took her breath away.

We watched the simplicity of the movement – and we too gasped at the beauty of God touching another’s soul.

His touch coming to birth again  – in our presence.