A few years ago the interpretive ministries group that I was a part of at church performed sign art (American Sign Language) to a popular song by Tenth Avenue North. I’ll never forget the concert benefit that we were ministering at. It was a benefit for my daughter’s friend that was diagnosed with cancer.
The year was 2009, and my daughter came home from school in the Sixth Grade to tell me that her friend was just diagnosed with cancer. She had a desire to help her friend, and so we approached our pastor asking just how we, as the church, could help. That is when he said that he would support our efforts in whatever fundraisers that we would like to put on for her family. With his stamp of approval on our ideas, we started working on several fundraisers. Several people joined in on our efforts, including Gregory C. Johnson, your co-host for Light Love Hope. He came all the way from Illinois to the South for a car wash fundraiser he helped organize with tee-shirts he purchased for this event that had a red heart on the front with two outstretched hands cupped together in front of the heart with the words “Help Sidney” across the bottom. And Help Sidney we did!
The concert benefit was part of the Help Sidney efforts, and at this concert benefit, my daughter and I stood at the edge of the stage with the rest of our interpretive movement team behind us as we signed …
I’ll be by your side
Whereever you fall
In the dead of night
Whenever you call
Please don’t fight
These Hands that are holding you
We signed with all of our might that night at the concert benefit. When it came to this next part, we especially put our heart and soul into it …
I love you
I want you
I love you
And He won’t. No matter what you are facing, God will never let you go! He loves you with a love so powerful, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. And He always will. There is nothing you can do that will make God love you any less.
Just as God was by Sidney’s side throughout her cancer treatments when she was struggling so, I’m pleased to report that she made a full recovery and is in remission! Just as God was right there beside Sidney, He is right there beside you every step of the way, too! He will never leave your side. He will catch you when you fall, wherever you fall … in the dead of night, cry out to Him, and He will be there when you call upon Him … PLEASE don’t fight God’s Great and Mighty Hands. Allow Him to wrap His loving arms around you and hold you.
Take His hand, sweet child. You won’t regret it!