Holy Hands

Friday, June 9, 2006
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Deuteronomy 33:3 – Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand. At your feet they all bow down, and from you receive instruction. (NIV)

On Sunday mornings at Erin Church, all of our young families come down to the front of the sanctuary to hear a story, sing a song, and say a prayer. During Lent, we're singing the old spiritual, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands". The kids love it, and it's always delightful to watch them and their parents sing together and do the actions to the words of the song.

It's through those simple moments that the meaning, the unity, and the purpose of the church are experienced. We are a holy people, held in God's hands, worshiping His Son Jesus, and guided by the Holy Spirit. We are made simply to enjoy God and to glorify Him forever. His words are spoken to every generation, and our faith is built up through the singing of simple songs that reach into our hearts and minds, our spirits and souls, and which we will enjoy forevermore.

In my mind, I have a picture of everyone gathered together in the vastness of glory, and we're all looking at the earth, which is gently cupped in God's great hands. At that glorious moment in eternity, wouldn't it be wonderful to sing that old spiritual and to truly experience it at the same time?

Sometimes, we feel isolated and all alone in this world. Sometimes, we just want the earth to stop spinning, so that we can jump off. But in those moments of loneliness and vulnerability, we can also choose to remember that the God we worship loves His people and He holds them dearly in His hands.

Prayer: Lord God, You are the One who created everything, and we live on such a tiny part of this gigantic universe. With all that is continually going on throughout the cosmos, we marvel that You love us so deeply and keep us in Your holy hands. Be with us this day, and embrace us with Your everlasting arms. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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