Living with Open Hands

Hands seem to reflect our heart and soul. In times of tension our hands may make a fist…as if, without even thinking about it, we are preparing to do battle with enemies known or unknown – seen or unseen. We’re trying – hard – to get a grip on things. But…fisted hands and hearts cut off circulation and make it impossible to grasp the relief we seek.

By contrast, open hands are a wordless prayer, a confession that we need resources beyond our own. Extended hands express the depth and urgency of our need. Deep needs are not met with timid gestures. Sighs and groaning can become wordless prayers. And lifted hands say that I’m through doing battle with GOD. I’m finished with my poor efforts at resolving the seemingly irresolvable.” I surrender” is not defeat. It is opening the heart to the limitless resources of our LORD.

A lawyer tells of instructing his clients to sit with their hands on their upper part of their legs-palms up – as they are being questioned. He has discovered that open hands encourage honest answers. And honest praying.

It’s hard to fill a clenched fist, but an open hand is receptive. In the stresses and tensions throughout this demanding day, let your open hands be the first step to opening your heart to our Father’s help.

Prayer – Teach me, O LORD, the joy of living with open hands. Amen

Photo courtesy of Alek Zaslawski (, copyright 2017

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