June 28

     “Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands”.  Isaiah 49:16

     “My times are in your hands”.  Psalm 31:15

The bible verses above have recently caught my attention.  These passages speak not only of God’s hands but also of us, his beloved children.  Imagine!  The hands that created the world, formed the seas and the continents, made the birds and the animals also holds us and holds us tenderly. How secure we are, how blessed.

We are made in his image.  We also have hands.  Hands with which to create, to write, to comfort and heal, to build, to fold in prayer. But our God who holds us so tenderly also gave us free will.  We are free to use our hands in ways which could tear down, destroy, cause damage, and even cause harm to another.

I have a small picture tucked into the frame above my desk.  It is an image of Jesus’ hands holding a sheep.  Jesus is saying, “my sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me — no one can snatch them out of my hand.” ( John 10: 27-28 )

There are many references to hands in the bible.  Hands are important to God and to us.  Would that we always use our hands to the glory of the one who created and sustains us and holds us in the palms of his hands.

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for holding onto us in spite of our waywardness.  We can rest from our struggles knowing that no one can snatch us away from you. Hold us tight Lord.  Amen

Joan Perlich