Can you believe I almost forgot about my brand new weekly feature?
It's been a rough weekend. A close friend of mine suffered a really terrible loss. I honestly didn't know what I was "supposed" to do in the situation, but showed up with my heart and tears and a hug. And while my friend laid in pain, she asked a lady in the room how SHE was doing with the struggles in HER life. I was astounded. Here was my friend- in no position to be anything less than focused on her own problems, and yet she was STILL concerned about those around her. This love and charity comes natural to her. She's practiced all her life. She can't be anything different. She's beautiful.
We talked about this in church today and it made me think of her:
"A story is told that during the bombing of a city in World War II, a large statue of Jesus Christ was severely damaged. When the townspeople found the statue among the rubble, they mourned because it had been a beloved symbol of their faith and of God’s presence in their lives.
Experts were able to repair most of the statue, but its hands had been damaged so severely that they could not be restored. Some suggested that they hire a sculptor to make new hands, but others wanted to leave it as it was—a permanent reminder of the tragedy of war. Ultimately, the statue remained without hands. However, the people of the city added on the base of the statue of Jesus Christ a sign with these words: “You are my hands.”
My friend is a beautiful example of someone who takes her calling as a servant to her fellow man seriously. Her hands give this world a deeper glimpse into what it would be like if the Savior were here in the flesh.
There are many other quotes from this "You are my hands" article, and I highly suggest you take a look. To give you a hint, the subtitles are:
We are the hands of Christ
Our hands can embrace
Our hands can comfort
Our hands can serve
True love requires action
We can love as He does
Here's praying we all find a way to use our hands as Christ would use His this week!