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To Touch Someone

    There are so many gifts that you can give to others in this world that I can't even begin to name them all. There are gifts of nature, kindness, love, and joy. There are gifts of beauty, simplicity, goodness, and delight. There are gifts that come from the wallet and gifts that come from the heart. One of the greatest gifts that you can give to another I have found, though, is to simply touch them.

    I can't tell you the surge of joy that I feel in my heart each time that one of my children gives me a hug. It is a heart raising, mind uplifting, and soul inspiring experience. Getting a hug sends the electricity of love straight to my heart and brightens my day in every way. It doesn't end with just hugs either. A gentle kiss, a pat on the back, a touch of the hand all provide love, joy, and delight as well. Even the simple act of petting my dogs or cats can bring me peace, happiness, contentment, and oneness with life that I can't get on my own. The truth is that we need to touch each other. It lets the souls we carry in these bodies connect with each other in love and joy and that is what we are here for.

    Don't be afraid to touch someone then. God in His wondrous love didn't just give us this skin to hold our bones and muscles together. Hug someone you care about. Show them you love them with a gentle squeeze, a pat on the back, or a touch of the hand. If they are not there to touch physically then touch them mentally, emotionally, or spiritually instead. A letter, a card, or a call can still carry the love and joy within you and touch the heart and soul of another. Just remember, though, that God put us here to love each other, care for each other, help each other,and to touch each other.

    � Joseph J. Mazzella