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The Touch of a Hand

(Originally published on Tuesday, June 05, 2007)
(Dictated June 4, 2007, to Daddy)
Through this illness I have realized the importance of the gentle touch, whether it is rubbing hair away from forehead, or even the prick of a needle.
Yesterday I realized even more the value of the touch of a familiar hand.
My blood pressure dropped to zero. All I could see around me was white, and all I could smell were clinical smells. If not for the touch of my mother’s hand, tethering me to reality, I don’t know if I would be alive today.
As I gripped her hand fiercely, I also recognized how much her hands felt like her mom’s. I’m sure I squeezed life from those little hands, but they were so precious to meā€”that link between Mother, Daughter and Granddaughter.
Those hands returned my squeeze, while their lips softly sang old Gaither tunes.
Never underestimate the power of a gentle touch.
Copyright Natalie Rose York

You and your family are never out of my prayers.
Posted by: amy at June 5, 2007 12:15 PM

I love you, mi amiga.
You are constantly on my mind and in my heart and prayers.
Isaiah 41:13
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Posted by: Angie at June 5, 2007 01:49 PM

There is my Natalie, writing even at the worst of times. If you need me, Nat, I am on a plane as soon as you say the word, got it?
Posted by: Heather at June 5, 2007 01:53 PM

Nattie…it amazes me how a woman can “touch” me so deeply when we’ve never met face to face. We love you and are praying WITHOUT ceasing for you and for your family. Get better!!
Posted by: StephanieG at June 5, 2007 05:31 PM

I am glad to hear that you are alright. This was a beautiful post!
Posted by: Kelly at June 5, 2007 06:59 PM

Nattie – this was a beautiful post and I thank you for sharing it at a time you are so sick and probably just want to rest. My prayers continue for you –
Posted by: Wendy at June 5, 2007 07:55 PM

…YOU continue to *touch* deeply, the souls that surround you in love and prayer right now…and what has just been written with the tender love of a daddy’s hand for his darling daughter, brought deep sobs from my heart…I may not have been exactly where you are right now, but I do know the tender firm grip of a loving mothers hand, that wont let me go…just like our Heavenly Daddy, will NEVER let us go, is ever faithful and always present…YOU are held firmly in the grip of the ever loving living God of the universe…and our hands are joined, standing in the gap for you.
I praise God that you have such loving parents who are so tenderly surrounding you, exampling who He is in human form.
Posted by: Cynthia at June 5, 2007 08:53 PM

Praying for you and your family Nattie!
Posted by: Amy at June 5, 2007 09:17 PM

Thank you dear heart for taking the time to dictate this and thanks to your daddy for relaying this to us ~ Her friends and prayer warriors. We love you girl!!
Posted by: Maria at June 5, 2007 09:36 PM

Even though we have never met in person you are on my mind and heart often. I have said many prayers for you and I will continue to do so. Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts with us.
another W@H girl
Posted by: Lesley at June 5, 2007 09:39 PM

praying for you friend. praying and praying, and praying more.
blessings, mari
Posted by: mari at June 6, 2007 01:08 AM

Natalie….You and I have had some great talks while we were suppose to be watching those little babes in the nursery. I have been praying for you…I miss seeing you in church and you better get back here soon.
Dee Hurst
Posted by: Dee Hurst at June 6, 2007 09:04 AM

PS….WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BLOG SITE? It’s awesome and you have such a great talent!! Keep it up girl.
Posted by: Dee Hurst at June 6, 2007 09:06 AM

My dear cousin…I cannot tell you how sorry I am that this has occurred. I have prayed for you and your children daily and you are on the church prayer list. I just learned of your blog through John and have read it through from January of this year to now. What a blessing to see your father’s posts.
Posted by: cousin mark at June 6, 2007 12:24 PM

Natalie, We’ve met at the Christian Life Sunday School class that your Mom belongs to at the Crystal Cathedral. What you and your family are experiencing has touched all of our lives. We pray for your recovery, we thank God for his many blessings, for the love that your Mom overflows with, for the doctors wisdom, and the list goes on & on. We will continue to hold you in our hearts and pray until there is no end for your recovery. May God bless you now and always. Gail Benson
Posted by: Gail Benson at June 6, 2007 12:38 PM

Natalie, I just came upon your blog by another blog I read. My dh (who is a pastor) and I live in Indianapolis. Please contact me if there is anything we can do for you and your family.
Posted by: Betsy at June 6, 2007 03:54 PM

Our entire family is thinking of you and praying for you, Nattie. You are an inspiration to all of us.
Posted by: Blue at June 7, 2007 01:23 PM

May our prayers accompany you to the Father’s house.
May the memories of you comfort your family and friends.
These are the wishes of those of us who knew you through your parents.
in HIS love always
Earl and Rita
Posted by: Earl and Rita at June 7, 2007 04:13 PM

My thoughts are with your family.
Posted by: Little Willow at June 14, 2007 09:53 AM

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