"For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you." Isaiah 41:13 NIV
One of the first things we do as a baby is to reach out with our tiny hands and grasp the fingers of those who hold us. We do this without thought; it is instinctual. Next, as we learn to walk, we hold our parent's hands in busy places, trusting they will keep us safe. Later, when we begin dating, we hold hands as a sign of affection. In linking our fingers, we are creating a special bond. Finally, as we sit with a loved one in their last moments of life, we hold their hands to convey how much they mean to us—an expression of our love.
God holds our hands also. Like babies, we need the assurance of his touch. At times we are fearful and need to feel his safety and comfort. By linking our fingers in His, he shows his love and affection for us. But, more than holding our hand, He links our hearts, minds, and souls to Him. Christ is there holding our hands at the end of our days as we transition to the life beyond. Every step along life's way, he assures us we do not need to be afraid; he is with us holding our hands and will help us.
Precious and loving Father, we give you thanks for your care for us. Throughout each step of every day for all our lives, you are with us, holding our hands. There is no reason for us to fear, for you are with us always. When we begin to forget, please remind us of your unfailing grace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.