Divine hands, chiselled, strong, reaching out, nurturing, healing
Moulding clay with expertise beyond all of mankind’s imagining
Embracing, holding, enduring through centuries, creating always
Safe, secure in the folds of worn palms, sheltered for all our days
Majestic touch, invigorating, transforming, caressing life’s journey
Mercifully cleansing the bruises of the souls searching for eternity.
Fr. Patrick Brennan © 2016 all rights reserved
Being in the Hands of God
The canticle from 1 Chronicles for the Morning Mass says
“In your hand lie strength and power, in your hand it is to give greatness and strength to all.”
There is an image of God that is popular in Christian spirituality and that is of being held safely and securely in the palms of God’s hands. Isaiah 49:16 proclaims God saying...
“See, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you.”
The imagery from the scriptures relating to God’s hands are consoling, comforting and reassuring. God’s touch is profoundly healing. We read that in the words of the Old Testament, we find that God is far from removed from the day to day struggle of his people, he is ready to guide, to lead, and sometimes chastise too, yet at the very heart, his touch is merciful and all healing. This refreshing touch of God is found embodied in the Word made Flesh, Jesus, the Son of God. The touch of God is felt by his people today in many ways, in sadness in joy, in hope and hopelessness, in summer or winter, the touch of God is nurturing, invigorating, and transforming. I wrote this poem as an expression of the awesome profound, wonderful nature of God’s touch in the midst of life’s struggle.