Day Thirty One: We Share in God’s Healing Touch

Touch can heal and transform. The Spirit is embodied and the body is inspired. Healthy, welcome touch can energize, empower, and calm. We can share God’s healing energy with one another.

Touch can heal. The largest organ of our body (skin) needs healing and affirming touch. Prayerfully connected with God, our touch can bring healing to the world, one person at a time. In my own life, I experience and share God’s healing touch through holding my grandson, giving my wife a massage or reiki treatment, sharing in healing rituals such as the “laying of hands” or holy communion, and through reiki healing touch either on the body or at a distance (see my book, written with Kate Epperly, Reiki Healing Touch and the Way of Jesus.) As I write, my cat Charlie, who had oral surgery yesterday, is sitting on my lap enjoying the warmth and receiving reiki healing touch.

Today, affirm your healing partnership with the following:
I mediate God’s healing touch in every encounter.
I touch with love and healing.
I protect vulnerable persons from unhealthy touch.
I use my hands only for healing.

About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.