Spiritual Life Guide

February

   I’m of the age that I can recall sheer excitement when a new singing group called The Beatles sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and teenagers swooned. I loved all their music-and them-but I loved that song most because as a young teen, holding hands with a boy was exciting, too. (It was a simpler time!)
Holding hands with a little child offers protection. Holding hands with one who is troubled offers consolation. Holding hands in prayer offers connection. Langston and I still hold hands. It just feels good and right.
I could find no Bible verses that speak of people holding hands, but I did find people lifting up hands, clapping hands, marking hands, and laying on of hands. I found all kinds of hands: eager hands, idle hands, clean hands, feeble hands, to name a few. I found verses about the importance of the right hand and being at God’s right hand. Jesus healed a man with a shriveled hand, and He healed with the touch of His hand. He took a child by her hand to raise her up. I found well over a hundred references to HAND. You have to “hand it to me,” I did my research! I deserve “a hand.”
Study God’s Word with me. It’s close at hand (on the prayer table in the narthex and on the church website). His hand is mighty to save. No one can snatch us out of His hand. February is the love month. Hold someone’s hand.

Bobbie Denny, spiritual lay leader