God’s amazing creation includes our hands, which can grasp, hold, caress, and heal. We can use Jesus as an example of how to use our hands for His glory, as He did in the healing of those who needed it.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair 

Hands for healing 

We’ve seen pictures of dogs cozying up to their troubled owner, their paw on the person’s arm as if to say, “I’m sorry you’re hurting. I want to share your pain.” God’s creatures sense our pain. Their comforting paws become a healing balm for our sadness. Many nursing homes allow people to bring their pets for a visit to the residents who revel in the touch of such animals. Reports tell about some residents who are healed of their feelings of isolation and fear through such encounters.

We know how a simple hug or gentle touch from someone’s hand can bring healing, if nothing else than to our emotions. Science proves that babies thrive best when they receive the touch of another human. But today, during this time of isolation for many of us because of the CoVid-19 pandemic, we miss and perhaps even crave the gentle touch of a friend or loved one.

Touch is an important aspect of our socialization. Because we’re given a will to choose, we can decide to use our hands for healing and friendship or for hurt. When we use them to offer sympathy and love, God’s power will flow through them. In fact, when Jesus spoke His last words to the disciples before His ascension into heaven, He said, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will … lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18 in part)

Jesus set a good example for us to use our hands for healing. He touched a leper, the open coffin of a dead man, a blind man who begged for Jesus’ touch, and probably many more. The book of James tells us to lay hands upon the sick for healing. Such power in our human hands comes by faith in Jesus. Countless people have shared how they were healed, physically or emotionally, when someone laid hands on them and prayed.

Jesus wants our openhanded lifestyle to include generosity of our possessions, too. When we give needed help to the poor, we become the most blessed. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy,” Jesus said. (Matthew 5:7) His command, “Follow me,” includes opening our hands as He did, to the poor, the hurting, the needy and even the unlovable.

Lord, thank You for hands made for healing. Give us the willingness, the joy and the power of the Holy Spirit to become as Your hands, full of love and mercy and healing. In Jesus’ name, amen.