Oh the comfort--
the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person--
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,
but pouring them all right out,
just as they are,
chaff and grain together,
certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping,
and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.

"Friendship" by M. M. Craik

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome to A Faithful Hand

Welcome to a Faithful Hand.  My name is Deborah Hall Hampilos. When my Great-Aunt Florence Loretta Hall passed away 20 years ago, I received her rather old and shabby journal. This little overstuffed book has been a constant fixture at my desk ever since.  Sometimes I browse through it, reading a few of the clippings and marveling at the beautiful penmanship of the handwritten contributions. My aunt took such care to preserve the inspirational stories and quotations she loved so well, I've always felt like this little book was a special treasure she passed on to me.  Over the years, I've wondered if there was anything I could do with the book, to somehow find a way to share it with others.

Thus this blog was born. Here I can post selections from her journal, and perhaps tell a little of Florence's story in the process.  She was a fascinating lady--to her, the world was an exciting place to explore and she did so enthusiastically.  She loved to travel and visited many exotic places in her lifetime.  And yet, her little journal is filled mostly with rather homey, faith-based homilies related to living a simple and spiritual life.  As I said, she was a fascinating lady.

So welcome to my little blog. Hopefully you will find something that touches your soul, much as Florence filled her journal with writing that touched her.  I think she'd be happy to know her collection has gone on to inspire others in some small way. The title of this blog, A Faithful Hand, comes from a clipped poem by D.M.M Craik that Florence had tucked into the very front of the journal. I like to think it was her favorite.

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