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February 2016 - Held In His Hand

A few days ago, like millions of others, I was fascinated to watch the first British astronaut to make a space walk from the International Space Station. Over 200 people have carried out space walks, but Major Tim Peake was the first one from the U.K. It was truly awesome to watch the two men, moving weightlessly outside the craft, looking tiny amidst the infinite blackness of space. Yet it was a wonderful achievement, and especially exciting to see it taking place live.

The vital thing for them throughout was to stay tethered, or at least very close to the spacecraft, which was their place of safety and will be their home for the next few months. When the walk had to be aborted, through a technical fault, the two men swiftly, yet calmly, returned to the safety of the mother ship.

This made me think of God and his love for us all. The scriptures teach that we are little and mortal, yet we have an eternal safety and strength. This lies not in ourselves but in God's mighty grip of us, his loving grasp, which will never abandon us or let us go. "I have engraved you on the palms of my hands." (Isaiah 49: 16) God does not promise an easy time; what he promises, supremely in Jesus, is to be with us to hold us throughout this life and beyond. 'Neither death, nor life ..... nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus...' (Romans 8: 39)

May God bless you who read this and grant us all greater trust in his guiding hand in our journey of life.

Andrew

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