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"Blessing Hands"

June 8, 2004

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And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:16

The series on “hands” from the Bible comes to a close today. We have looked at God’s hands and our hands. His hands – pierced for us on the cross, clean because of His holiness and perfect life, strong as the Creator and Preserver of the universe, praying on mountains, in the wilderness, and in Gethsemane, open in abundant provision, busy in service. Our hands – bearing the imprint of His nails, clean because of His shed blood, strong from His saving strength, praying for His daily direction and empowering, open to share His bounties, busy for His purposes.

What better way to conclude than to picture Jesus’ blessing hands. The disciples wanted to send the mothers away with their little children. But Jesus had time and energy to receive them. As Mark says, “And He took the little children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.” Blessing hands. He loves the children. He accepts them in their humility. He saves them.

And those blessing hands stretch forth to us and through us to others. The pastor speaks the benediction, “The Lord bless you and keep you.” God’s people come to the baptismal font with their children and to the altar to receive Christ’s body and blood. His blessing hands at work.

And we use our hands to bless our children and others in our lives as we tenderly share the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

PRFAYER: Lord, thank you for Your hand of blessing. We yield our hands to You so that through us the world may be blessed. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988 CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 143-145    John 18:1-18

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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