by Stephen Whitney

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Down and Out (5 of 10)
Series: Incredible Moments with Christ
Stephen Whitney
Mark 1:40-45

Sometimes touching someone can express more than our words ever can. A reporter interviewed Marilyn Monroe the famous Hollywood actress in the 1960's. The woman was aware that
during her early years Marilyn had been shuffled from one foster are home to another. So she asked Marilyn, "Did you ever feel
loved by any of the foster families"?

"Once," Marilyn replied, "when I was about seven or eight.
The woman I was living with was putting on makeup, and I was watching he. She was in a happy mood, so she reached over and patted my cheeks with her rouge puff . . . For that moment, I felt loved by her."

Marilyn Monroe had tears in her eyes when she remembered
the event. Why? The touch only lasted a few seconds, and it happened many years before. It was even done in a casual, playful way. But as small an act as it was, it was like pouring buckets of
love on the parched life of a little girl starved for affection.

Everyone wants to be accepted by other people. Children wanted
to be accepted by their parents, husbands and wives want to be
accepted by each other, individuals want to be accepted by those they consider to be their friends. One way that we express acceptance of other people is to reach out and touch them.

Professionals in the fields of medicine and psychiatry know the healing value of touching. At New York University therapeutic touch is part of the master's curriculum in nursing. And one study revealed that 93% of doctors believe that touch helps relieve a
patient's fear of treatment.

Touching someone says that we accept them because we are willing to connect with them in a very personal way.

Of all the diseases someone could have, leprosy was the only one singled out by the OT law as one linked with sin. It was not that
having leprosy was sinful, or that it was the result of sin. Rather, the disease was seen as a g ...

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