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Janie Niswonger

If she got ahold of your hand, you weren't leaving until she decided to let go. And she did not let go easily, because she never wanted you to leave. I do not know how such a tiny little woman, with such dainty little hands, could move so quickly and assuredly. It was ninja-like. If she was able to grab just one of your fingers, you better sit down and get comfortable because you weren't going anywhere. My precious mother-in-law, Reba, passed away in October from Alzheimer's. Even when she didn't know who we were anymore, she knew she loved us and didn't want us to leave. The weekend she passed, she could not communicate verbally but she would wiggle her fingers inching them toward us until she could grab ahold of our fingers. 

Reflecting on this makes me think of God's hands, of His strong, unyielding grip on us. John 10:24-30 says, "The Jews then gathered around Jesus, and were saying to Him, 'How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.' Jesus answered them, 'I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me. But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.'" 

Those who put their faith in Christ cannot be removed from the Father's hand. His grip is firm and it's eternal. When you accept the gospel as truth you are sealed forever in the Hand of God. 

Romans 8:34-39 says, "Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, 'For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.' But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Whether or not you feel the grip of God right now does not change this reality. When Reba released her grip on this life she knew who was holding her. When we cheered her across the finish line, we knew whose hand she was holding. Have you placed your faith in Christ? If you have, the Father has a firm grip on you and you can trust He will never let go.