2 Chronicles 20:9 – If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.
COVID-19 has made changes to our lives.
The need to physical contact and the lack of it can create a famine of a different kind. A famine of companionship.
Yes, it has been necessary to stay at home, but we also haven’t been able to have family and friends come over for a visit.
And as some of the COVID-19 restrictions are being pulled back, perhaps soon we can be part of our community again. And that includes ending our famine of a different kind.
The famine of physical touch is real. We all need some form of physical touch. And when we don’t get it, we may feel empty.
According to healthline.com in their article, “What Does it Mean to be Touch Starved?” being touch starved is a very real thing. As human beings we’re wired to touch each other. Touching a person is one kind of touch, but if we have pets, they can help fill up our lack of touch. When you feel snowed under or pressured, the body releases stress hormones. Touch can reduce such stress, allowing the immune system to work the way it should. Also, touch can calm certain bodily functions such as heart rate and blood pressure. A few ways to know if you’re touch starved are feelings of depression, anxiety, stress and difficulty sleeping. The article also discusses some simple ways to get your fill of touch and what you can do to encourage touch every day thus taking care of this different kind of famine due to COVID-19.
Though the Bible verse above is talking about lack of food, it still can apply to someone suffering from a different kind of famine as mentioned above. It was believed that if they cried out to God in their distress, he would hear them and save them. God can also save us from a famine of touch if we call out to him in our distress.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.