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Hands


I’ve been thinking a lot about hands as of late. We do so much with our hands. The things we can do with our hands are simply incredible if you give it any serious thought. I watch my children learn and play with their hands all day. I’m learning about how to strengthen Maggie’s hands, and correct terms for things we do daily without even realizing it, like how mastering a pincer grip is key to using any sort of utensil. With our hands, we can build and create. We can play beautiful music. We can dismantle and reassemble. Speaking for myself, I haven’t always given much thought to my hands, at least not until recently.


Throughout the Bible, there are frequent mentions of divine hands. In Isaiah 41:10, it says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” This image of God holding us up with His righteous hand is comforting. I imagine when I was watching my children learning how to climb up the stairs by themselves and my hands hovering close, ready to uphold them if they should misstep. God’s hands protect and cradle.


In the New Testament, Jesus frequently uses his hands for healing. “And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them” (Mark 10:16). The healing power of Jesus’s hands is powerful enough to heal several ailments. In my prayers, I pray that Jesus will lay his healing hands on my daughter and heal her from her seizures and allow her brain to grow and develop. I pray for her healing as we work to strengthen her hands.


I recently interviewed an elementary teacher for one of my grad school papers. We talked about how resilient kids are and she’s been so impressed with how much her students have stepped up to virtual challenges. She did say something that gave me pause. She said she was worried about how virtual learning would impact the development of kids’ fine motor skills. Coloring, scissoring, gluing and other fine motor activities in the classroom strengthen the hands just as much as reading and math strengthen the brain. I pray that virtual learning kids can catch up with their hands as well as their minds.


As you go on with your week, think about your hands. What do you do with them? What can you do with them? What would you like to do with them? What can you teach your children to do with their hands? I remember my grandmother trying to teach me how to sew. With a needle and thread, I remember learning how to mend a button and basic stitching. We do so much with our hands. This is just one more thing to add to your gratitude list: your hands and the hands of God hovering close enough.

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