take them by the hand


Another whole month has slipped by. I thought of doing a photo dump, and then realized a month of photos gets a tad long.

(Lunch gets a tad long sometimes, too.)

There are lots of pictures over at flickr. Click through for a glimpse of the month:


“Take them by the hand…”

In the busyness of a day with four children, all of whom need different kinds of training and teaching and attention, and all done all together all day long (which requires a house keeping plan I have yet to quite master), this little phrase grabs me.

I write the plan and herd them along with the best of intentions: to nurture their talents and expand their minds and plant the Word of God deep in their hearts — but the leadership model shown by Jesus was not a “come on, hurry up, slow pokes,” sort of model. No, we’re to come alongside and walk with these young disciples.

And yes, that’s a nice concept and philosophy, but often I find I need to literally obey this verse. Take them by the hand. Not just the wobbly toddler who needs help down the stairs. That nearly-independent 8yo boy, too. The quiet 6yo who doesn’t seem to really need much. Go out of my way to take them by the hand. Invite them to sit in arm’s crook during read-aloud. Give those shoulders a hug while issuing next instruction. Hold their hand in the parking lot, and squeeze it twice (our special “I love you” code.)

The confrontation of sin and shortcomings can seem continual. How much easier the walk through confession and repentance when led by the hand.

2 Comments take them by the hand

  1. Kim Damon

    Lovely reminder. I still need to hold the hand of the 26, 24, 21, 18 (perhaps the most awkward), 16 and 14 year olds. And in truth, my mom still holds my hand from time to time. God is so kind to give us these truths in image form to help us along the way. Thank you for sharing!
    God bless you, Danica
    (and your precious family too).
    Love in Christ,

  2. linda

    How beautifully written. Amen and amen and amen again. Yes, Lord, thank You for this awesome privilege and this dearest of work.


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