Reaching out truly can touch someone’s life

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The telephone company had a slogan a few years back that said, “Reach Out and Touch Someone.” What better time of year to call someone that you haven’t talked to recently!

The holiday season is one of the loneliest times of the year for many people. It’s usually not a happy time for people who have lost a loved one during the year. A phone call will send a message to such a person, letting them know that you care.

My wife accuses me of always being on the phone, for which I plead guilty.

Over the years, I’ve made it a habit to end many of my calls by asking permission to close the conversation with a prayer. I’ve never had anyone refuse to allow me the privilege of praying with them. I’ve had people respond with such remarks as: “I never had anyone pray for me over the phone.”

Some people weep as we pray for a loved one with a problem. Many of my calls are return calls to people who need help for themselves or a loved one. I, also, make calls just to encourage people with whom I have a relationship. I keep a list of about 40 people that I call occasionally. It’s my way of saying I’m just checking up to see if everything is OK.

Last week, I received a call from Todd, a friend of mine who just wanted to say “hello.” That same day, I called Bruce, also a friend, who often came to a Monday morning men’s meeting, but had, recently, missed a couple of months. I told him I missed him and asked if he would attend the next meeting. He did and also in attendance was Todd.

As I walked in, I shook hands with Bruce and he thanked me for the call. It was evident that he appreciated it. Then I turned to Todd and thanked him for his call.

It’s amazing how important a phone call can be, even if it’s just to say ”hello.”

During this Holiday Season, let’s take the telephone company’s advice and “Reach Out and Touch Someone.”

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