He took her hand

imageIf you have been hurt or lost or rejected. If you have had a dream die, if you know pain and loss, I have a source of new hope for you.

18 While he was saying this, a synagogue leader came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” 19 Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples.

23 When Jesus entered the synagogue leader’s house and saw the noisy crowd and people playing pipes, 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. 25 After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. 26 News of this spread through all that region. (Matthew 9:18-19 and 23-26)

The girl died too young. A tragedy has occurred. Let’s find personal hope in this dark situation.

  1. The girl had an advocate. This person invited Jesus into her loss. You too have someone on your side. Someone has faith to share.
  2. Jesus came when he was needed most. We have a God who is there when all is lost.
  3. There was a noisy crowd present who did not truly care for the girl. They were there to entertain themselves, not mourn. Jesus put them out. He will rescue you from harmful influences and false “friends”.
  4. He took her by the hand and she got up! Jesus will embrace you when times are desperate. Through his love, power, and grace, you will stand again. New life!

My prayer is that you turn to him now. He’s right there for you. Hold out your hand — your miracle awaits.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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