You need hands

hands ~ FMF PJ file image 1

Hands can reveal so much about a person.

Their age, gender,  ethnicity, relationship status, occupation, even potential or actual health problems.

Mine shout out that I’m a woman of mature years with joint distortion caused by arthritis (amongst other things).

I would love to have plump, smooth, pretty, ultra feminine hands… sigh. 😦

But, much as  the circumstances of my life affect my body in general, they are also apparent on my hands.

When I was a child I caught my thumb in a mangle and the nail has been bent ever since.

When I worked as a nurse, I washed and washed these hands multiple times over the years, used antiseptic gel, alcohol wipes, and wore rubber gloves.

All of which contributed to the dryness and aging-before-their-time appearance.

It means I conceal rather than reveal. Hide them in my lap. Feel like they belong to someone else, someone older.

They are partly alien to me. I gaze at them with bewilderment some days. How did they get like this? I may be a grandma now but I dislike looking like one!

Yet they could also suggest a practical person who has used her hands, cared for others,  been busy, worked hard, not been afraid to do dirty tasks or chip a nail. 

These days, I can do very little in the practical daily living tasks, beyond basic self care. I need help to keep house and home together.

I am so grateful to be able to scrawl, write, type (albeit badly and slowly) and put these weary, worn, stiff and painful hands to some use again.

And as I reflect upon my changing hands and changed life, I remember hands scarred and rendered helpless, yet ones that transformed my life and eternal destiny, just as they can do for you.


Hands conceal, reveal, plunder and steal,

reach out and take, gesticulate,

touch tender, become shield and defender,

hug, hold close, achieve the most

They can make, break, defile, wound and stain,

cause harm, alarm, revulsion and pain

Hands pierced fierce to a cross of wood

are the ones that treat us as they should

Arms of Love nailed to a tree

securing mercy, forgiveness and victory

Hands that gentle, soothe and hold

us closer than any brazen and bold

These hands scarred forever by the cross

will never cause us hurt or loss

They reach out across time and eternity

offering help, hope, healing to you and me

comfort, consolation, joy from despair,

goodness and grace seeping everywhere

They are the loving hands of God

welcoming us to the path He trod

Come, take His hand

Come, walk His path

Come, be held safe

through your time on earth


Linking here with Lisa-Jo for #fiveminutefriday This week’s prompt is:’hands’  You are very welcome and warmly invited to join in. Also joining with Mel and Laura 

hands ~ FMF file image 2 pin

6 thoughts on “You need hands

  1. Love, love, love your poem! It is incredible to think about the love behind the ‘eternal hands’, isn’t it? And, after reading your hands biography, I would certainly say your hands are shining examples of love, grace and care for others. Julie McD

    • Thank you, Julie. You are very kind! Yes, our minds and hearts can scarcely contemplate the fullness of “the love behind the ‘eternal hands’ as they operate within our lives. It will take eternity to grasp a measure of it. Blessed by your visit, friend. 🙂 x

  2. Following you over here and I feel so very blessed, Joy. My thoughts about my hands are similar to yours, yet I focus on Jesus’ hands. He did it all for us. His hands are the visual for us humans, yet His heart is the hidden part that truly reveals His love for us. We are so beautifully blessed.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • That’s the key, isn;t it Linda? To focus on the hands that save and sustain us. And we only know in part, for as you so beautifully expressed it, “His heart is the hidden part that truly reveals His love for us.” Amen, my friend! God bless you. 🙂 x

  3. that poem is amazing!

    i look at my nana’s hands (she’s nearly 90) and all i think is how beautiful they are because i can’t look at them without thinking of how she’s been blessed to love for, care for and serve so many in the live she’s been given – and how much those hands have loved me.

    • What a wonderful way of reflecting on hands that have lived long and lived well! Your focus is certainly in the right place, Richelle. Thanks for stopping by, friend. 🙂

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