From Living Faith
St. John of the Cross
For I am the LORD, your God,
who grasp your right hand;
It is I who say to you, “Fear not,
I will help you.”
– Isaiah 41:13
I heard a story once of a lady who, as a little girl, loved to take walks with her 6’2″ grandfather. Her short pudgy legs struggled to keep up with Grandpa’s gigantic stride. She found, however, that when she put her small hand in his large, firm one, he would easily carry her along. All fear of being left behind disappeared!
How often do we cry out, “I can’t do this, Lord! What are you asking of me?” God does ask much of us+–to live out the rest of our days without our beloved spouse, to write all these term papers plus study for exams, to live as a diabetic, giving up the sweets and rich foods we crave. Tough assignments! Yet, if we reach up and grasp his firm hand, he carries us along and we are no longer afraid.