2020 has been a strange year for all of us, and perhaps the one thing I missed the most in all this has been the physical touch between friends. You don’t realize how wonderful a warm hug is until it’s taken away from you.
This simple yet priceless gift has been put on hold and I, like many of you, have felt the loss.
According to research, physical contact does more than just give us a warm fuzzy feeling. It’s a silent message that says, “You’re not in this alone.”
Scientists at Berkeley University conducted a study among basketball players analyzing any physical contact players had with each other during their games. The results of their test proved that there was a definite correlation between the teams that performed the best and the ones that had more physical contact between players.
While this time of sickness has separated us from our congregations, our families, and the friends that we love, let us not grow weary in well-doing. A hug is only one way to tell someone they’re not in this alone, but there are countless others. Remember the old AT & T ads? They showed us that we could “Reach Out and Touch Someone,” without leaving the house.
Now, more than ever, people need to know they’re not alone. They need to know someone is thinking about them, that we’re on the same team, and by God’s unfailing grace we’ll get through this together.
Subscribe so you don’t miss a post:
Tilling the Soil
Reach out and touch someone. Call at least one person this week that you haven’t spoken to for a while. You don’t need to do anything big or extravagant, just simply remind them you care.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:9-10, NIV)
Your donations help to support this ministry as we share the gospel with over 500,000 women around the world. Click here to donate.
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
Connect with Darlene:
You are loved by an almighty God,
The Time-Warp Wife