Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Touch * Advent Open House

TOUCH


We are blessed beyond measure
 if there is a soul nearby who listens quietly, 
to affirm what is most true about us 
with the gentle touch of a hand, 
a silent tear falling, the simple nod of a head, 
a word of grace and consolation carefully spoken. 

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18 comments:

  1. Yes, beyond measure.
    That's for sure.

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    1. Glad you're here on this brisk New England morning, friend!

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  2. Ah, the power of a simple touch . . .
    Blessings, Linda!

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    1. Thanks for continuing along the Advent journey with me, Martha ...

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  3. Thanks for this reminder of how meaningful a hand on the shoulder, a hug, that human touch can be.

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  4. Oh yes, that gentle touch can be so powerful in conveying love and support, Linda. I honestly feel that gentle touch in the words you share. I love the Psalm 139 verse you shared yesterday, too. It's a comfort that God knows us and sees us. I'd love to give you a hug in person, but cyber hugs will have to do. :)

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    1. Yes, a gentle touch can convey so very much ... love, support, camaraderie, presence.

      Some of us are comfortable in giving and receiving. Others, not so much ...

      And sometimes we need to ask permission before doing so. May we be discerning and wise, always ...

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    2. Oh, so true, Linda. Thank you for pointing that out. I do still struggle with it. Yes, may we be discerning and wise always!

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    3. Good touch should never feel creepy, weird, or inappropriate!

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  5. Oh my yes, Linda! Many words, though true, are often not necessary or helpful. What you have described, on the other hand, is enormously comforting! Hugs, friend!

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    1. You're absolutely right, Lois. When we're deeply despondent or broken, too many words coming in our direction fly right over our heads, never touching our pain or sorrow.

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  6. Your words conjure up a picture of two people sitting next to each other, shoulder to shoulder. Their heads lean toward each other in a posture of listening and catching every word, breath, and action of the other person. There is a sense of touch but mostly it is a sense of love.

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    1. So eloquently spoken, friend ...

      Friendship, relationship, affection, loyalty, love.

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  7. Linda, you have been that to me —- a gentle touch when I needed it. God has given me the best friends!

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    1. And likewise to you, Carol. I'll never forget how you saved my life ...

      I'm forever grateful.

      xo

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Linda