"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
I was about to start typing today on another subject as I looked down at my hands. Oh my, the wrinkles were starting to show. Yes, there are other parts of my body that ache and remind me that I am not a spring chicken anymore. Yet, my hands seemed to show my age today.
I thought about my hands for a long time. What they have seen over the years. My hands learned how to take shorthand while I was in high school. They learned how to type (yes, on an old typewriter). My hands played piano on my parent's baby grand. As I entered adulthood, they took exams in college and applied for new jobs. They adorn a wedding ring and hold my husband's hand with love. They have also tended to a garden rich in vegetables. Hands have a way of serving us when we least expect it. My hands have served me well.
Yes, there have been many other things my hands have done. They have stroked foreheads of others that were in pain. My hands have also held others' hands in support and grabbed tissues for many tears (mine and others). They have rubbed feet that were aching and have changed many diapers. My hands have been lifted up to God in joy and have been folded in prayer. Hands have a way of serving others when we least expect it. My hands have served others.
Can we serve others better with our hands and hard work? As we go through our days, see how we might be able to serve someone else with our hands. Maybe we can make a meal for someone home bound. Perhaps we can do yard work for others or hold their hands in support. I truly believe the greatest way we can serve others with our hands is to have them folded in prayer. There is always someone we can lift up to God in prayer.
Have our hands served in the way Jesus has served us? When I think of hands, I can't help but think of Jesus' pierced hands on the cross. Reflect on how many hands he held in his life on earth, how many times His hands touched others in healing, how many times they were folded in prayer. Jesus' hands are truly hands of a servant and are a wonderful example of the hard work our hands can see.
Take a look at your hands. Think about the things your hands have done over the years. What joys have they embraced? What tears of sorrow they have wiped away. What prayers they have lifted to our Heavenly Father. I'm sure when you reflect upon your hands you will also see that they have served us and others well. Continue the hard work of your hands, for as Jesus says, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Here are to the blessings of hard-working hands!!
Dearest Jesus, your hands are certainly the shining example of hard-working hands. May we reflect upon the good works your hands have done and all that they have given us. May we take that example and use it to drive us to have hard-working hands for others, for we know the blessings that can be received. Into your hands we give our lives, Amen!"