Grandmother’s Hands

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about hands lately. It seems like an odd topic, doesn’t it? Truly, they are pretty remarkable pieces of creation and the Bible refers to hands in so many ways.
In the Old Testament, when Moses’ hands were lifted up the Israelites kept winning the battle against the Amalekites. Isaac blessed his sons, Esau and Jacob, by laying hands on them. In 1Kings, Solomon spread his hands and lifted them toward the heavens as the temple was dedicated. In Psalm 134 David implores his fellow Israelites to lift their hands in holy praise to God and in the New Testament believers are encouraged to lift their hands in prayer.
Through our hands we have the ability to communicate love and care. I remember my Grandmother’s hands. When she was visiting our home, she would come upstairs to say good night to me and my siblings. She would sit by our side and scratch our backs. We would beg her to not stop and she would patiently sit and keep scratching. It was a relatively simple gesture, yet one I so fondly remember and one that communicated love. She wasn’t a wealthy woman – she didn’t buy us many gifts, but with her hands she knit us mittens, made old-fashioned donuts, repaired torn clothes and lovingly held us.
I have decided that I also want my hands to be instruments of God’s love. I know I can do that in many ways – through a kind touch, by cooking a dinner for someone in need, by writing an encouraging note, or simply by scratching my grandchildren’s backs. And, by doing so, I hope that others can feel the marvelous love of the Lord.
Have a good week,


  1. I, too, am fascinated with hands and all they do and the many ways our loved ones’ hands have played important roles in our lives. I’ve collected many writings on hands and will add your post to them. One day I started going through old photos, making duplicates, and cropping just the hands–my mother’s hand holding her great-granddaughter’s hand. Great-grandpa holding my daughter’s hand. My husband and his 4 brothers’ hands, etc. It’s amazing how I can recognize the cropped hands without seeing the full picture. Hands are so important to us. One of these days I plan to write something about hands. Your piece is lovely and resonated with me. Thank you. 🙂

    • Linda – thanks so much for sharing your interest in hands; I love the fact that you’ve collected writings and photographs of them. I had to restrain myself from giving too many Biblical illustrations of the use of hands or the blog would have just droned on, but there are so many examples of how God uses hands in the scriptures. I’d love to read your writing on hands when you complete it – you’ll have to let us know! Kathy

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