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This was sent to me by Linda Robertson/TN this morning...It's too good to not share...Thanks Linda...it is a special reading.

GRANDMA'S  HANDS  (A "must read")   

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 voice strong.

'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 to 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 this 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 God.'

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember 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 stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

When you receive this, say a prayer for the person who sent it to you, and watch God's answer to prayer work in your life. Let's continue praying for one another.

Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend will bless you both.

Passing this on to one not yet considered a friend is something God would  do.


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Comment by Pam/NY on May 1, 2012 at 3:54pm

This is a tear jerker...stop and smell the roses!

Comment by Joanna liguz on May 1, 2012 at 3:41pm

Ok so was I the only one who cried when I read this? very pretty...Thanks for sharing this with us.

Comment by Barbara Graham on May 1, 2012 at 10:13am

Thanks for sharing--it is a special gift.

Comment by Lou Ann Brach/MD on May 1, 2012 at 7:17am

Thanks Pam!!!  What a neat way of looking at our hands now!

Comment by Jennie Steward on May 1, 2012 at 5:50am

Thank you so much for sharing this with us.  So beautiful.

Comment by Marilyn L. on May 1, 2012 at 4:24am

Thank you, Linda and Pam, for sharing!  I remember reading this somewhere before and it really touched my heart!

Comment by Barb/WI on April 30, 2012 at 5:42pm

Oh, my...this needs to shared, read, and reread.  Thank you.

Comment by ranchmom/OR on April 30, 2012 at 12:49pm

Thank you Linda and Pam for passing this on for us.

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