Free Bible Study Magazine
Extract From ‘A Bouquet of Blessings’ by Doreen Harrison
The waiting room table usually held a variety of up to date magazines, but today it was empty. Instead of the welcome reading material was a single notice. Because of the possibility of contracting swine flu, the doctor’s surgery had been advised to remove all magazines as a health and safety precaution. Well, I was in this particular waiting room for reasons of my health and so I should perhaps be pleased about the attempts to keep me healthy! But I think today’s society has become overwhelmingly concerned with health and safety. I recently read an article about a school crossing patrol man who had wielded his lollipop for several years, but who was facing suspension for giving “high fives” to the children who had become his friends. How sad, I thought, that friendliness at work has become so unacceptable.
Some time ago my husband and I visited a cathedral where each pew contained a notice concerning ‘sharing the peace’. Worshippers were advised not to shake hands in case they shared germs in the process. It appears that even hand to hand contact has become dangerous! In some situations it is no longer considered advisable for adults to say to a child, “hold my hand” in case such might be misinterpreted as being sinister. The helping hands of our health care professionals reach out to us in protective gloves.
Many years ago, I recollect a lecturer at teacher training college reminding us to wash our hands in soap and water frequently, for “you never know where the children’s hands have been before they reached yours!” Yet at the same time we were encouraged to express our concern and interest with the friendly touch of a human hand.
I have always treasured the words written by Minnie Haskins, quoted by King George VI in his broadcast to the Commonwealth in 1939: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be better to you than light and safer than a known way.”
If today’s society presents us with a multitude of doubts and fears, it is good to remember that God never changes and we are safe with him. Rabbi Ben Ezra once wrote: “Our times are in his hand. Trust God, nor be afraid.” Consider this verse from Psalm 37: “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
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