just traveling along, singing a song, side by side

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Many years ago, I was sitting in church between my husband and my six year old son. I was holding hands with both. It struck me at that moment in time how the image of our hands represented the Christian walk. On one side, my husband's bigger, stronger hand encapsulated my weaker, smaller hand but on the other side my stronger, bigger hand embraced the weaker, smaller hand of my son.

So it is in the Christian walk I think.
There is always someone who has blazed the trail before us,
studied the Bible longer, knows more scripture, is wiser, more mature than we--those
"someones" who are there to lift us up, to quote that "just needed" verse to us. But likewise, there is always someone who is weaker or newer in the faith than we, someone who needs our stronger, steadier, more mature hand, someone who needs to hear an encouraging,
uplifting word from us.
So never be discouraged where you are in this walk with Christ.
There is always someone to minister to and someone from whom we can gain valuable knowledge. In this walk with Him, dare to stretch out your arm to take the hand of someone in need of help from you, and sometimes even more daring or intimidating is to reach
toward the hand that is stronger.

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Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you
out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
Deut. 5:15
Photography by my granddaughter, Kailey, on mission trip to Africa.
Hey Kailey, can I please have permission to post this picture? Love, Mimi

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