May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands.
A Word of Hope
I recently injured my hand in a fall. Nothing serious, but enough pain to remember how dependent I am upon both of my hands for interaction, grasping, or even holding someone’s hand. On some level we all use our hands to communicate. The blind use their hands to see, the deaf use hands to hear and keyboards are flooded with hands transmitting millions of words every day.
When we were magnificently created, God made it possible for us to hold things with our hands such as food, each other, and to touch those in need. God gave us hands so we could serve and receive. While we use our hands to do “things” they were also created that we may carry out God’s “will”.
Of course, hands can be used for negative communication, as well. Rude hand gestures, or to strike someone when angry. When we hesitate to let go of ideas or objects in our lives, those tightly held possessions in our hands can keep us from experiencing the fullness of God’s plan for our lives.
The tiny hands that reached out to Mary as a baby became the same carpenters’ hands that healed the sick, held little children, fed the crowd, and were nailed to a cross. Just as Jesus showed his love to Peter on the Sea of Galilee when he reached out his hand to catch him before he fell, Jesus also showed his love and servant hood as he lovingly washed the disciple’s feet.
Throughout our church, as in the Bible, we see instances where hands bless others, are raised in prayer and praise, offer blessings and tithes as well comfort those in need. God created each of our hands with a unique identity, placing a stamp of approval by ensuring no two sets of fingerprints are ever the same.
Creator God let us remember that like Jesus, our hands are designed to be your hands, doing your work, on this earth. Amen