This is the first of what I imagine to be several posts in response to the poem “The Wonderer” by Robert William Service. You can read the whole poem here.
Here’s the first stanza:
I wish that I could understand
The moving marvel of my Hand;
I watch my fingers turn and twist,
The supple bending of my wrist,
The dainty touch of finger-tip,
The steel intensity of grip;
A tool of exquisite design,
With pride I think: “It’s mine! It’s mine!”
Have you considered your hands lately?
Take a look. Finger. Thumb. Joint. Palm. Knuckle. Notice the colors and the textures. See the veins carrying blood, keeping you alive. Are there scars, telling stories of mishaps or something more serious? Is there jewelry, reminding you of precious vows or a special trip or a favorite person?
Think about how you use your hands every day. Marvelous, aren’t they?!!
Who has held your hand, recently or long ago? Whose hand have you held? With love. In friendship. To pray. To teach. To reassure. To connect. To hold up.
“Though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.” – Psalm 37:24 NRSV
“Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.” – Psalm 73:23 NRSV
“…even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.” – Psalm 139:10 NRSV
May your hands be helpful today, to you and to others. May they bring joy, offer comfort, spread kindness. May they be a reminder that you are loved beyond measure.