Kiss of Salvation

  • Aug. 20, 2012
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As a spinal cord injury quadriplegic, there aren’t many places on my body I can actually feel. 

Hi, I'm Joni Eareckson Tada. As a spinal cord injury quadriplegic, there aren’t many places on my body I can actually feel. When someone touches me—like when they give me their hand or when they take hold of my wrist to give a greeting?—I’m not able to feel what they’re doing. I can feel only from the neck up and maybe a little bit on the tops of my shoulders. I'm sure you can understand why, to me, a kiss—like a kiss from my husband or from a child—it means everything! And I think about this whenever I read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. It says the father ran to meet his wayward son and kissed him. I mean, can you just imagine what that kiss would have meant to his son—a sinner, not worthy of such an act? And that is exactly what we received from Christ—a kiss that welcomed us as God’s children. Today, may you treasure that heavenly kiss of salvation.

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