By Maddie F.

Confirmation Class of 2015

Isaiah 49:16(a) says,

“See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.”

It is a short verse, yes, but a very important and meaningful one to me in my faith journey. This verse is a simple reminder to me that even in the toughest of times I can always trust in Jesus to guide and protect me because I am so important to Him.

When I think of this I am reminded about how the nails were placed in Jesus’ hands, just like our names have been engraved there. Jesus believes that we are so special, He died on the cross to save our sins. We mean so much to Him that there’s a place on His hands for us, for our names. Because of this, I feel that He is always thinking of me and I relate to Him as a protector.

Growing up, I have been blessed to be surrounded by a very large, loving, and supportive family. There has always been someone there for me and I have seen God working through my family to connect with me.

While all of my family is there for me, especially my parents and siblings, I have a special relationship with my godfather and uncle. Shortly after I was born, my uncle actually had my name and date of birth tattooed on his arm. That visual reminder on him, serves as a reminder to me of this verse. He has always been someone who looks over me, similar to the way I feel Jesus is always looking over each one of us, and that’s where the “protector” role comes into play again.

As I get older I know there are going to be some difficulties I will have to face but I rest assured knowing that whatever comes my way, I know that if I trust in the Father, He will guide me the right ways and help me through any challenge. Just like my family, and especially my Uncle C, He is looking out for me because I am so special to him that my name, and the names of all of us, are are engraved on the palm of His hands as a constant reminder of the children that he loves and watches over.

The Holy Spirit never forgets. We have to trust in Him and believe that He will take care of us.

My verse challenges me to trust in God in everything I do. It promises me that He will always be there for me. In the end, because I have earthly protection through my family and His eternal protection and guidance I am much stronger in anything and everything I do.

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