Café Menu for Thursday, October 18, 2012
Today’s Special is: A Simple Act Can Make a Dramatic Difference
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Jamy
Main Ingredient: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV)
There is definite power in touch. I am certain we have all experienced this whether it’s a hug, walking hand-in-hand with someone or an arm around you reassuring you things will be all right. This idea of the power of touch was never more evident to me than when our youngest, Madilynn, was born,
Due to complications, she had to be delivered a few weeks early via c-section. Because she was so early, she was rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she remained for quite some time.
Unlike our other children, we were unable to hold her for a while. However, we were allowed to sit next to her isolette and talk to her and touch her. My husband and I soon discovered that Maddy’s breathing and heart rate would calm down at our touch. From the earliest moments on her life, I was able to bring her help and comfort with the simple action of touching her hand.
I am happy to report that as sick as Maddy was when she was born, she shows no signs of those effects today. However, even years later, when she is scared and needs comforting, she wants nothing more than for me to hold her hand. As a small child, that simple act reassures her that she is loved and everything will be just fine.
Our loving Heavenly Father does the very same thing with each of us, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10, NIV). God holds us in His mighty right hand to bring us comfort and to drive the fears away.
Take Out: I challenge you this week to think of one simple act that you could do for someone around you. Your choice to reach out to that person may make all the difference to them this week.
Dessert: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your mighty touch – showing how You love and protect us. I pray that in the coming week, we will follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives and be Your hands and feet to those around us. The world can be a dark and lonely place. Help us to shed Your hope and light unto the world this week. In Your precious name, Amen.
For more encouragement, visit Jamy at her website, Living with Eternal Perspective.
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