Good afternoon Mt. Carmel family, This is Brenda Walburn bringing you a devotion for this 2nd week of Easter. This week we will be remembering Jesus’ resurrection appearance to the disciples who were locked away in fear in the upper room that evening after Jesus arose. What happened to make these fearful disciples become fully devoted in their faith? One hymn that has always spoken to me is entitled “He Touched Me.” Bill Gaither wrote this song in the 1960s. He remembers accompanying an “old preacher friend” Dr. Dale Oldham on various crusades. One night after one of those revival meetings in Anderson, Indiana, Dr. Oldham said to me, ‘Bill, the word “touch” is a very popular word. It comes up so often in the New Testament stories about Jesus touching people’s eyes and healing them, or touching people’s lives and changing them. It’s a special, spiritual word and you ought to write a song that praises His touch.’ So I did.” Gaither’s mind mulled over the revival meeting and the heavy-laden faces he’d seen in the crowd. He thought about how the meeting transformed them to looks of hope and joy by the end of the meeting. Gaither was unable to sleep that night. He could not get the last words the minister said to him when he dropped him off that night out of his mind. The minister said ‘You should write a song that says, ‘He touched me’ oh, He touched me.”The next morning, Gaither’s wife, Gloria, awoke to find him still working on the song when these words just came into place: Shackled by a heavy burden
‘Neath s load of guilt and shame
Then the hand of Jesus touched me
And I am no longer the sameHe touched me, Oh He touched me
And oh the joy that floods my soul
Something happened and now I know
He touched me and make me whole. How has the risen Savior touched your life? Would you be willing, like Bill Gaither, to share that story with others? I invite you to listen this Sunday during worship at 10 am to living testimonies of how Jesus changed the lives of people in our church. Who knows? Maybe you will be led to share your testimony next! This is Brenda wishing you a blessed day!
Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:00 am in the sanctuary or on Facebook Live. Also, we will be having Healing Prayer Service on Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary.