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“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!” Psalm 139: 13-14
Remember, we are souls—walking around, breathing, sinning, doing-good souls. The soul or self has basically 3 components: the head (what we think), the heart (what we feel) and the hands (what we do).
I asked my friend who is a heart surgeon, “John, how does it make you feel to hold someone’s beating heart in your hand?” His response was, “I’ve been doing this for thirty years, and I still don’t have words to describe it.”
Look at your hand. Its anatomy is extremely complex, intricate and fascinating. The wrist is the most complex joint in the body with a total of 27 bones and 70 separate muscles. And look at how the skin on the back of your hand is very different from your palm. You can grip a hammer in one hand and a very ripe tomato in the other.
A piano performance is interesting to the eyes as well as the ears – it’s a dance of ligaments, joints, tendons, nerves and muscles. As a pianist myself, I practice so that I create finger memory because sometimes passages move too fast for the nerve impulses to travel with enough speed to tell my index finger to cross over my thumb. And I never even think about my fingers when I play. They are my obedient servants, and I can close my eyes and contemplate Beethoven or Debussy.
Think about what else we do with our hands. A surgeon’s hand can perform skillful surgery; another hand can brutally murder. Hands can make or break, caress or slap. They’re always communicating.
Then there’s the whole idea of touch. We talk about a healing touch. The touch of another can reduce stress, calm anxiety or depression, decrease pain, or give a sense of inner peace. A touch says, “You are not alone.”
The Psalmist says in Psalm 139:10 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
We know what God’s doing with his hands. So I ask, what will your hands be doing today?
Prayer: Lord, I give you my hands today to work, to serve others, to pray and to praise you. Thank you for the touch and guidance of your hand. I am sorrowful that your hands bear scars for my sin. Accept my gratitude, Lord. Amen.
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.