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    Reflection: Hands

    By Christine Pitts

    beggingLook at your hands and think about how very useful they are, I could fill a whole page with the number of different ways we use them but probably one of the loveliest ways is when we use our hands in love for others. In the middle of January I had the joy of becoming a Grandmother for the 5th time. The day after baby was born we went to visit her and on walking into the room we found our 3 year old granddaughter sitting on the settee next to her other Grandmother holding baby in her hands and looking as proud and pleased and happy as anyone possibly could. That morning she had taken a photograph of baby to nursery to show everyone and had then held the photo in her hand all morning refusing to put it down. When we asked her to show baby to us the first thing she wanted to show us was baby’s hands and she kept marvelling and saying: “look how small her hands are”, which we thought so sweet as her own hands are still very small.

    The Bible is full of verses about the hands of God: powerful hands, creative hands, guiding hands, healing hands, comforting hands, loving hands, and in Isaiah 49:16 we are told that God has engraved each one of us on the palms of his hands. These are the hands that suffered the pain of nails hammering him to the cross, they are hands that have redeemed us, forgiven us, and offered us a wonderful new life in Him. Whenever we are finding life difficult and stressful we can take comfort in knowing that: “The Lord your God takes hold of your right hand and says to you: “Do not fear for I will help you”. (Isaiah 41:13) That reminds me of the lovely poem: ‘The gate of the Year’ written in 1908 by Minnie Louise Haskins and quoted by King George VI in one of his Christmas broadcasts:

    I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year
    “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown”.
    And he replied: “Go into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God
    That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way”.
    Just as our 3 year old wanted to hold her new baby sister in her hands all day and look after her, so God wants to hold us in his hands whenever we let him for in his hands we can feel safe and know his love and peace.

    View previous Reflection articles

    A New Year’s Revelation
    A New Year’s Reflection

    A Christmas Reflection
    Choices, Choices
    Intelligent Machines
    Life After Death
    Life’s Challenges Pt. 2
    The Shattered Glass
    Not Quite the Damascus Road
    A Home for the Lord
    The Chair

    The New Age of Martyrs

    A God of Second Chances
    Acceptance & Rejection
    New Lights
    New Things
    More Thoughts on Christmas
    Thoughts on Christmas

    The Vastness of Creation

    Unexpected Treasure

    Life’s Challenges
    Home is where the Heart is
    Beyond Fear to Exhiliarating Trust
    Sticks and Stones
    Beauty in the Chaos
    God and Creation
    Perfect Timing
    The Lord is near
    Having fun and taking new steps with our friends
    A friend who stands where we stand, and weeps with us
    Remain in Me

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