He Holds Our Hand

From Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters: that is, it forms the letters because you are forming them. We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it.

There can be no love, no compassion, no justice, no grace, but by the hand of God. We are in our most proud moments when we give ourselves credit for offering another what only God could have offered by putting His hand on ours.

Of course, a child will say “I did it Daddy!” when she has written her name with guidance by the father’s hand. However, let the father take away his hand, and she will soon stop saying “I did it!” and ask for her fathers help once more.

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