For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’ — Isaiah 41:13
She reached for my hand and, as I finished giving her the medicine, she gripped it harder. Between my broken Spanish and her daughter’s translation efforts, we had begun to understand each other. She was blind, could not hear well, had cancer— and was in pain. Before administering the pain medicine through her IV, I had touched her arm so she would know I was there. Now, I placed my other hand on hers and, as we held hands, her daughter translated: “I like you. You have warm hands.”
Holding hands is powerful; touch transforms. When other forms of communication fail, holding a hand fills the gaps. Silent speech says, “Peace be with you. I am here.” When needs are too big for words, we can remember that by holding hands we echo and share God’s love — God, in whose hands we are always held.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, help us continue to find creative ways to communicate your peace which continues to surpass all understanding. Guard our hearts and minds in you. Amen.
Deacon Ben Ema, Dyer, Indiana