Thought for the Week: The Rev Nigel Bishop

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Hands. What amazing things they are! More than half the bones in our bodies are found in the hands and feet, with 27 bones in each hand.

Think about how many tasks your fingers and hands ave to perform each day. Stretching out as you wake up, washing your face and brushing teeth, making a cup of tea, counting out bus fare coins, typing a text or email, holding a baby, building a wall, carrying the shopping or wiping away a tear.

Right from childhood, our hands have to carry out a multitude of different things according to what age we are, and what job of work we may have.

Our fingers are so sensitive to touch that they can detect a single grain of sand or feel the brush of one fine hair. Yet, our hands are strong enough to hold and swing a sledgehammer, pull on a steering wheel or lift weights in a gym.

Sometimes I like to observe my young daughter’s hands as she concentrates on colouring a picture or building her latest creation with Lego.

Then I begin to wonder what those little hands will do when they are fully grown? Whose hands will she hold? What work will they do?

Look at your own hands. They may be young and smooth, or older and showing the signs of time! Do you have a hand to hold today?

Here are two things that the Bible says about God’s hands, “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)

Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)

Whatever circumstances we face while we’re alive on earth, God says that in a spiritual sense we may put our hand into His and ask Him to help. Even better, Jesus promises that those who believe in Him are safe in the palm of His hand. He is the one who takes us through death to eternal life.