Our Hands ~ Pause for Thought

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 Our Hands ~ Pause For Thought


  God's Hands

I read this story on Godvine and thought I would share it because there is so much truth within it.  I have never really thought of what my hands do and this gave me pause for thought.  I realize it may not be a real happening yet it holds so much to think of.  I hope you enjoy it and it gives you pause for thought as well.

 

 An old man, probably some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the park bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands. When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was okay.

Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was all right. He raised his head and looked at me and smiled.

"Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," he said in a clear strong voice.

"I didn't mean to disturb you, sir, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were okay," I explained to him.

"Have you ever looked at your hands?" he asked. "I mean really looked at your hands?"

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making.

Then he smiled and related this story:

Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life. They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor. They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. They dried the tears of my children and caressed the love of my life. They held my rifle and wiped my tears when I went off to war. They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special. They wrote the letters home and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse and walked my daughter down the aisle. Yet, they were strong and sure when I dug my buddy out of a foxhole and lifted a plow off of my best friends foot. They have held children, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand. They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer. These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of my life. But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And He won't care about where these hands have been or what they have done. What He will care about is to whom these hands belong and how much He loves these hands. And with these hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ.

No doubt I will never look at my hands the same again. I never saw the old man again after I left the park that day but I will never forget him and the words he spoke. When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and wife I think of the man in the park. I have a feeling he has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God. I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel his hands upon my face. Thank you, Father God, for hands.

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Kathy Streib
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Mary- what a moving story.  We go about our lives and never think about all of the people our hands have touched. 

Jan 10, 2013 03:53 AM #1
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Cara Lam
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Awesome story, thank you for sharing...

 

Jan 10, 2013 04:00 AM #2
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Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Kathy I thought it was as well. I began looking at my own hands, no longer the hands that were so young and vibrant once but now although still very strong and non-arthritic, are somehow older with thinner skin and a few age spots.  These hands have seen much and touched many lives as I was once a massage therapist and worked with patients doctors would send me. They have felt many things or emotions of those in need as well as my own needs and those of my children.  They too are in the prayer position a lot and I am grateful they still work so well.  Thank you for commenting.

Jan 10, 2013 04:14 AM #3
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Mary Stewart
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Cara, I am so glad you appreciated the story.  It is thought provoking don't you think?

Jan 10, 2013 04:15 AM #4
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Laura Cerrano
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Hands are the soul of bodyparts in that way. :)

Jan 12, 2013 07:14 AM #5
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Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
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Laura, what a nice comment.  I had not thought of them in this manner but I surely will now.

Jan 13, 2013 02:15 AM #6
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Connie Harvey
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Mary, that was truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Jan 13, 2013 03:21 AM #7
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Mary Stewart
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Hi Ms Connie, I too thought it a beautiful story, it struck me deeply.

Jan 13, 2013 11:42 AM #8
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Neil Pluister
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Mary,

 

Great Post.

What a good story this was!

 

Neil

Jan 15, 2013 12:18 AM #9
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Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

Neil, I thought this was such a great story as well.  Needless to say I have been looking at my hands a lot lately.  Thank you for commenting and reading the post.

Jan 16, 2013 07:03 AM #10
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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That's an adorable picture, Mary!  And delightful words to accompany it!  I hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!

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