Sunday, 17 August 2008

Be encouraged. Take my hand.

This morning, as I was brushing Abigail's hair for church, she began to complain of the pain. As she did so, Anna, who was sitting next to her at the table, reached for Abigail's hand and began to encourage her.

"Don't be upset," Anna exhorted. "Be brave. Take courage, like Jesus when He walked on the water. Don't be afraid. I will hold your hand."

I looked down. There, between the two sisters, their hands lay entwined the entire time I carefully brushed and combed Abigail's long and tangled hair.

Do you remember what Matthew said Jesus did when Peter began to sink beneath the waves?Matthew 14:31 tells us, "Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him." Jesus did not wait to offer help and assistance. Instead, He acted immediately. Jesus did not simply give Peter instructions on how to swim, as he evidently lacked the faith to walk upon the water. Instead, Jesus reached out his hand to Peter, and caught him up.

Who do you see needing your help today? To whom can you offer not only words of encouragement, but a hand up as well?

5 comments:

Adrienne said...

Oh, that is precious, Sharon! Thanks for sharing such a sweet moment between your daughters.

Blessings,
~~Adrienne from TheologicalKids

mom24 said...

That is just toooooo sweet! I am so glad that we have been given the chance to see God do these things in the hearts of our children! *sigh*
Andrea

Alison L said...

Sharon,

That is a lovely moment to share. I believe you are blessed to have the lovely children that you do please keep sharing these moments.
Alison

Sharon said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments! I remember when I first started reading other people's blogs I enjoyed reading of the wonderful reminders of Christ these people saw in the life and words of their children.

One of the best things I have taken from blogging myself is a heightened awareness through the day, especially where it comes to my children. I notice so many things that I'm pretty sure would have passed me by before, because I am actively looking for them. And because I have this blog, I have a place to record all these wonderful moments, a way to remember them. I used to write a diary when I was a teenager, and this is so much better!

~ Sharon

PS Hi Ali!

Ruth said...

Aww... so sweet! What a lovely sisterly thing for Anna to do.