He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
I love the picture of Jesus gently picking up the lamb and carrying it. We are His sheep, and He not only watches over us and guides us, but He also carries us, too. He holds us close so that we can be confident of His Love and Presence.
Like loving parents with their children, Jesus teaches how important it is to be close and that appropriate touch is how we learn that the world is safe. Touch is a vital love language and gives us a sense of well-being.
Jesus modeled touch and closeness and with His loving embrace, we feel safe, secure and valuable. We can extend the same gesture towards others by holding a hand, a hug or a gentle pat on the back.
Let these verses encourage you that touch and closeness are from God and that He is there with open arms:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.”
But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
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