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The hands of a child

Sandra Graham
Guest Columnist

If I were to write an article pertaining to my favorite quotes, it would have to be one about my first two loves in life - God and children. Children being God's greatest creation (at least in my mind), there is a fine line of distinction between the two.

Henry Ward Beecher, reverend and social activist, once said, "Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven." And to me this quote says it all.

A child's hand wrapped around the aging finger of a grandfather as they walk across the street to the playground; the child's eyes and face reflecting the joy and happiness of things to come.

The tiny newborn fingers wrapped around the new father's finger as his face glows with pride and joy. What more heavenly sight can there be?

Doc Childre, founder of the nonprofit institute HeartMath, a research and education organization, made this statement: "An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with - for you are a caretaker for those moments in time."

July 2010 has become a month of "the child" with special meaning for my husband and me. At the ripe old age of 72 and 64, we have been blessed as 'new parents.' We thank God everyday for our new daughter - just last week we received the blessings of the court in our bid for adoption of the most beautiful 16-year-old girl.

With God's help we hope to be the best "caretakers" for many moments in time for this young girl and continue her raising to be a tribute to God's wonderful love and creation. I pray that one day our love and nurturing will replace all the things that she missed in her formative years and that by her lovely young hands, we will have the honor of "taking hold of our portion of heaven."

You are never too old to take the hand of a child and share a lifetime of experience, knowledge and love. Thank you for allowing me to share this joyous occasion with you all.

Sandra E. Graham, a native of Walnut Ridge, is a 1965 graduate of Egypt High School. She has two books "Amos Jakey" and "Nicolina" published by American Book Publishing and also writes book reviews for authors through Book Pleasures. For more information on Graham or to contact her, visit www.sandragraham-articles-books.com.

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