What are the hands of God like? Are they the smooth, coddled hands of the privileged? Are they untouched? Are they working hands?

The hands of Jesus grasped, with pleasure, the tools of a carpenter. They were intimately familiar with lumber that needed planing and shaping. He touched the leper – when no one else would… healing years of despair and hopelessness. His hands washed the dirty feet of disciples and lifted the little children into his lap. He was not too “holy” to use them in service to others. In the greatest display of love, they claimed the nails and splinters of his cross.

Holy hands?
Working hands?
What does God say of his own hands?

Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.

These hands carry the marks of love, the image his beloved – engraved by the joy and pain of his eternal sacrifice.