It is very hard to change from a person who has spent his life trying to encourage others to follow Jesus to a person in solitary confinement. In fact, it is not possible. I can hardly wait until we get the green light to put a hand on someone’s shoulder and convey the kindness of the Lord. There is a line in something written by Teresa of Avila which reads, “Christ has no body on earth but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours.” She powerfully made the point that we can reveal Jesus if we love and serve him in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our touch can be the touch of Christ. This may sound mystical, but that is exactly what we mean when we speak of the church as the Body of Christ. This temporary distance must come to a close. Being the Body of Christ is more important than life itself. For a time we are lovingly withdrawing, but God will call us forth to once again touch the world. May we all do so with a new resolve and a new vigor. The old saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” is compounded when the call of God is fervent and the time is short. It truly is short you know. One day we shall all be with the risen Lord and with one another for eternity. Until then we must continue to reach out and touch the world.