We often take the simple things-those small seemingly insignificant things in life for granted. I like looking beyond the small to see the power of what small can do! Today’s Five Minute Friday word is HANDS. Here is what I have to say (in the form of today’s free verse poem called “These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands”):
These Ordinary Extraordinary Hands:
He says my hands are small,
as he holds them up to his.
I smile and think-
These hands, these seemingly small and delicate hands,
do Large things.
And I marvel at them now
Just thinking of all the ways in which they’ve served me
and served others.
These hands turn simple ingredients like flour, sugar and butter
into glorious meals that fill the tummy and fill the kitchen-
with delectable aromas and sheer satisfaction.
These hands rip, pull, shape and mold
and Harvesting Miracles.
These small, delicate hands strum chords on my steel stringed guitar,
Making beautiful music until they are sore and callused.
These hands speed along like magic to the clikety clackety tune of knitting needles-
Weaving single strands of yarn into scarves, hats, socks, blankets,
And prayer shawls for people in need.
These hands hold paint laden brushes-mixing, blending, stroking and stippling-
Creating Worlds on blank canvases.
These hands write words that come from the soul-
Spilling out like flowing water from wellsprings of inspiration,
Quenching dry and thirsty paper.
These small and tender hands have rescued feral cats
and held their newborn kittens.
They have nurtured frightened creatures-
and uplifted hurting People.
They have cared for sick and reached out in love
To tend to that which needs tending.
These ordinary extraordinary hands…
He says my hands are small
as he puts my palm in his,
and I smile inside with Knowing-
Now aware of their GRAND smallness.
These hands may be small,
but they have made a difference.
Turning Nothing into Some-thing,
Creating bits of magic.
Just like their Creator’s hands.
©Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2014
Part of this post was inspired by one of my favorite Jewel songs called “Hands”. I am including the video below if you would like to hear the song (or just click HERE).
I am grateful for my hands today, as without them I wouldn’t be able to do the things I do. There is always so much to be grateful for!
What do you use YOUR hands for? Leave me a message or comment if you’d like to share as I would love to hear about your hands!
Thank you for being on this journey with me as together “We Live Inspired”,
To read more poetry by Rebekah, click HERE