I believe it was in Arkansas where I first heard the song “Thank You” by Ray Boltz. It’s a lovely story about someone going to Heaven and learning their reward is all the many people there who were touched by their small acts of kindness and generosity, many of whom the person might not remember, many they might not have realized at the time. But the line in the song that most impressed my heart was when it said Jesus took their hand.
That’s the reward I want in Heaven, for Jesus to take my hand. And, truly, according to the Bible, he does that right now too.
Jesus, walk beside me.
Jesus, take my hand.
Lord, I need you close to me.
I need you for my friend.
Please be my big brother.
Please smile and laugh with me.
Hold me when I’m crying.
Guide me when I’m lost.
Oh Jesus, oh I thank you,
For never leaving me, Lord.
Hold my hand tight, Lord.
I’ll slip and fall on my own.
Thank you, Jesus, for holding my hand.
Deuteronomy 31:6: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”