He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she got up and began to serve him. (Matthew 8:15 NRSV)

Happiness begins with a touch. Jesus was visiting in the home of Simon Peter. Simon's mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. Without anyone saying a word about her illness Jesus went over to her, touched her, and lifted her up. Immediately she was healed. Notice that Jesus never said a word; he just touched her. We are not told how long she was sick in bed, or her condition. All we are told is that Jesus touched her and made her well. It was a miracle.

Notice what happened next. Immediately she got up and began serving Jesus and his disciples. Having been sick in bed she must have been weak, but when Jesus touched her she felt a strength she had never felt before. She got up out of bed and began serving him. This was her way of saying thanks. But it began with the Master's touch.

Happiness is not simply an option we exercise. Happiness begins with a touch--a touch of the Master's hand.

Dear Jesus, during this work week, bring me happiness by the touch of your hand. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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