In Stockholm, Sweden, a lady was pinned beneath a streetcar. She was seriously injured and bleeding badly. A crowd collected. They tried to move the streetcar, but it was too heavy. There was nothing to do but wait for the heavy equipment to come. She was in great pain. She was losing blood rapidly. Suddenly a young man broke away from the crowd. He crawled under the street car. He took the woman's hand and said, "Hold my hand tightly until help comes." In holding his hand she grew calm. She avoided going into shock. The loss of blood was slowed. Finally, after she was freed, she said, "I never knew the touch of a hand could mean so much."
J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.