Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio 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 OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but
wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.
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,
grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to
make sure you were OK", 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. No, I
guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point
he was making.
Grandpa 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 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 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 out and take when he leads me home. And
with my hands He will lift me to
His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ. I will
never look at my hands the same again.
But I remember God reached out and took my grandpa's hands and led him home.
When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and wife
I think of grandpa. I know 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.
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God's answer to prayer work in your life. Let's continue praying for one