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As I write this devotion, one of the many gifts I am grateful for is the gift of memory. Countless people in our society suffer from dementia, which is a crippling disease. We offer our prayers to their caretakers. Thanks be unto God that I can remember. This gift we cannot take lightly. On many occasions, I have written of my early childhood. Therefore, today I share a song I heard the choir and congregation sing at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church located at that time in South Philadelphia, “Hold to His Hand, God’s unchanging hand.” The congregation would stomp their feet and clap their hands and express their faith in God. Isaiah 41:10 speaks to holding on to God’s hand.

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

The prophet Isaiah speaks to the people about the power of God. God’s promises are with them. They need not be afraid for God holds them by the power of His right hand. The prophet seeks to calm the people’s fears, for God is with them. Israel belongs to God and they are to reach out and touch His hand. They will find the strength they need. Their faith must be in Him for they can rely on the God of their salvation. No matter what you are going through, hold to God’s unchanging hand. Never let go for His hands are strong and mighty and He will surely bring you through.