By Pastor Mark Hopper
Recently, I was on my way to visit someone at Pomona Valley Hospital when I saw something that caught my attention.
Instead of taking the freeway, I took surface streets. I like to stay off the busy freeways whenever I can and enjoy the side streets and local neighborhoods. As I was driving along Orange Grove Avenue in Pomona, I saw an older couple walking on the sidewalk. It was a nice day, the sun was shining and this couple seemed to be enjoying their stroll.
The thing that caught my attention was that they were holding hands. Yes, they were holding hands. This couple looked like they were in their 70’s. I’m sure they were grandparents or maybe even great-grandparents. But as they slowly walked along the sidewalk, they were holding hands.
I suppose we expect to see some teens or young couples holding hands. Sometimes we see couples out on a date holding hands, but I don’t think we often see older couples taking a walk and holding hands. I wonder, why do we stop holding hands with our spouse? I suppose that it is when we start having children. Young parents have their hands full with baby carriers and diaper bags. It may be when we try to protect our toddlers and tell them “hold my hand” as you cross the street or navigate through a busy parking lot.
Since we are busy holding the hands of our children, we may not have the opportunity to hold the hand of our husband or wife. In addition, there are those times when our hands are filled with groceries, shopping bags and other things so we are not able to hold someone’s hand.
I think God gave us human hands so that we can touch, caress and embrace those we love. Touch is a powerful sense that can communicate so much. Whether it is a soft touch or a firm grip, our hands communicate love and emotion.
Let me encourage you this Valentine’s season to hold someone’s hand. Make an effort to hold their hand as you walk to the car or stroll through a park. Use your hands to communicate your love and feelings for the special people in your life. They will be glad you did and you will too.
Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd. Sunday services are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visit http://www.efreedb.org