Touch: Holding On

We were spared any damage to property and life.  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.  Others were not so lucky.  A heavy weight bears down on our hearts from so much loss.  Many are wondering what they can hold onto, after so much loss.
Water is life but we cannot easily cup it. It can slip through our fingers, or it can bring us to our tipping point.  When terrible events rip the threads that hold a life together, what is left for us to keep? 
Hold on to what is good, even if you can only reach and touch handful of earth. 
Hold on to what you believe, even if it's a tree that stands by itself. 
Hold on to what you must do, even if it's a long way from here. 
Hold on to my hand, even if someday I'll be gone away from you, my touch lingers.
           ----Crowfoot, Blackfoot Native American
Touch is what anchors us to what we can keep.  Everything else can run through our fingers. Terrible loss can bring us to the brink, but we can keep memories of what we have touched, and what has touched us, all within our reach.
        ----G. Hill 
Touch has the power to give us rest, curling and purring softly in our hearts. 
        -----G. Hill 
Margaret Atwood reminds us that touch is the most powerful of senses.  It comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.  I have been touched by the guiding hands of my parents, by the caring hearts of friends and most importantly, by sitting at the feet of truth, touched by His words, reaching for His garment, and holding on to all that matters.
      ------ G. Hill
And behold, a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: for she said within herself, If I do but touch his garment, I shall be made whole.
      -----Matthew 9: 20-21
Touch Hold Memories —-John Keats

GH

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Janice says:

    From the beginning I thought memories. The only thing that is truly pure alone

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    1. Thank you, Janice. Yes, memories are ours alone. We have this illusion that we own things.

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      1. Janice says:

        I should add faith that alone is mine to choose

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  2. Nancy E Buhrer says:

    what a beautiful lesson gained from this horrific storm – so glad you were spared- Thank you for your wonderful wisdom!

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