Jesus holds my hand
Jesus holds my hand
Choose a special discussion time to reassure each of your children that God is their Father in heaven and that He is always with them, ready to listen to their worries and to comfort them.
When a child is worried, frightened or unsure of a situation, it’s natural for the child to want to hold the hand of someone they trust. Holding hands reassures a child that they are with someone who is caring for them.
While you are out on a walk or shopping in a busy place and one of your children holds your hand, it’s an ideal time to talk about “holding Jesus’ hand.” Let your children know that just as they can reach out and hold your hand for comfort, they can also reach out and ask Jesus to walk with them at any time (even when Mom and Dad are not around).
Discuss the special names your children call you (Mom, Mommy, Dad, Daddy) and ask if any other kids call you that. Explain that only children call their parents by these special names. Similarly, when we ask God to forgive our sins and decide to allow Him to be the leader of our lives, we are given the honour of being able to call God, “Daddy.” As God’s children, we can call Him “Abba, Father.” We can call out to our Father in heaven at any time and He will be there to listen to our concerns and comfort us.
Ask your children to think of times when they feel worried or unsure of a situation. Let your kids know that at these times they can pray and ask God to hold their hand. Practice praying with them. For example, you could pray one of the following prayers:
Abba Father, right now I am going to the doctor to find out why my throat keeps hurting. I am a little worried. Would You come with me and hold my hand? Thank you and amen.
Abba Father, I am not used to staying with (a babysitter / a Sunday school teacher / at a friend’s house / at school). Mom and Dad won’t be here with me and I am scared. Please be with me and hold my hand. Amen.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
“. . . because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘ “Abba,” Father.’ ”
“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘ “Abba,” Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”