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Hands - chrischris - 08-15-2007

Someone near and dear to me from long ago just sent me this via email and it has made me so sad and the tears are streaming. This person doesn't know I now have a hand disability. I am goin to email this person back now and tell him what's been going on in my life. It will be hard. In spite of that, it is a beautiful story, and I hope you all enjoy it!

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Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands. When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK.
She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," she said in a clear strong voice. "I didn't mean to disturb you, Grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I explained t her.
"Have you ever looked at your hands?" she 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 she was making.
Grandma smiled and related the following 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 husband and wiped my tears when he 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 newborn son. Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.

"They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I buried
my parents and spouse. They have held my children and grandchildren, 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 life. But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach 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. God reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home. When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and husband I think of Grandma. I know she has been held by the hands of God. And I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

RE: Hands - Still in Limbo - 08-15-2007

That was absolutely Beautiful and so True Chris!! Thank You Very Much for sharing that!! And I Hope your Hands are Well Soon!!Wink

RE: Hands - sweet tooth - 08-15-2007

sometimes our father looks down and sends just what we need

RE: Hands - red1030 - 08-15-2007 are making me cry as I remember my own grandma. It has been a long time since I have seen her hands, but I know in my heart that she touched the face of Christ with her hands and that she is happy. Thank you so much. Red

RE: Hands - sweet tooth - 08-15-2007

yes things like that maks us stop and thank the lord we lost afriend today we didnt know her as much as her husband ans stepson they were a lot like me shy a brick or two so she took care of them it breaks my heart what are they going to do now that they dont have that grandmas hands (she was raising about 4 grands ) their the ones that are going to hurt now im sorry kids this has tore me up


RE: Hands - jayne - 08-15-2007

tears are running I miss my grandma so much.......

RE: Hands - sweet tooth - 08-15-2007

do you remember the song DADDYS HANDS ?

RE: Hands - jayne - 08-15-2007

yes I do another that gets me bawling like a baby

RE: Hands - Bummer Knees - 08-15-2007

Daddy's Hands is the song selected for my Mother's funeral.
My Aunt sang it and it was beautiful.

RE: Hands - ksgirl - 08-16-2007

chrischris, I never cry, but I just did.