“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 (NRSV)
One of my fondest memories of my mom is from 1945 as she took my hand and lead me from our apartment to Kindergarten. I remember how happy and secure I felt as we walked along Mott Street, then turned onto Bayard Street toward P.S. 23 in Chinatown, New York.
What a happy image — holding hands; having our hand held by God. For we are assured that God will hold our hand as we go through hardships, trials, and uncertainties. As our Lord Jesus went through hell and back in death on a cross, his nail-scarred hands were also held by God. We should be comforted by those words: “Do not fear, I will help you!” In conquering death, our fears, sins, and failures fall away as God promises to help us anywhere, anytime, in all situations — hand outstretched to take ours.
Can we do less than to offer our hands to others — to those who need a helping hand in times of need?
Prayer: Our gracious and loving God, as you have offered your hand to lead us, empower us to do the same for others. Amen
Deaconess Jean Wildegrube, Schenectady, NY