When Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee and called the first disciples to follow him and “fish for people,” it was sudden, unexpected, and ambiguous, to say the least. Yet they responded. We thought about experiences we may have had of being touched and responding in that way – a way that also defies the rational, and invites danger. But the Holy Spirit is not rational; in fact I submit that her job is to combat the rational with which we always attempt to frame our lives. Her job is to lead us into a place where we can hear and trust the call of God. We are all called, and yes, it can be frightening. I have written about this before. But the touch of God, and the knowledge that we are doing something to create the beloved community, is a blessing and reassurance beyond words. So like my friend Jim, allow yourself to be touched and remember the opening of psalm 27 that we read: God is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? God is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
As we face a troubling future together, don’t be afraid to be touched.