Royal Hands

Tammy De Ruyter

Read: Mark 6:1-2; John 20:21-27

How are such mighty works done by his hands? (Mark 6:2)

Tena has physical characteristics that reflect an equally intriguing and amusing personality: elongated earlobes, an elf-like face, and eyes that twinkle with mischief. Yet among her most fascinating features are her spindly arms and long dramatic fingers. Verbally limited, her expressive hands tell a story with each encounter. Frequently the activities director will change centerpieces in the dining room. One day Tena was awestruck by the new decor, “Everything is different!” she exclaimed, as a melodramatic arm gesture slowly swept the room, her eyes opened wide in childlike wonder.

With a raised hand, palm outward, Tena welcomes friends and family into the senior living facility. When a stranger (or man!) walks in, however, her palm turns over and the quick downward whoosh leaves no guesswork that the unknown visitor is being disdainfully dismissed. When invited to go outside for a walk, her hands come together in a clap of joy. As her wheelchair quietly weaves through the gardens, both hands go straight to the sky in a silent, charismatic expression of praise.

Jesus, the King of kings, also expressed himself through his hands. One time, in anger, he used them to overturn tables in the temple. Once, he even stretched them out wide on a cross to save the world. — Tammy De Ruyter

Prayer: For hands that served, loved, and wrought salvation, Lord, we are forever grateful.