December 22, 2012

Hands

Our hands do a lot for us; they reach, they hold, they catch, and they carry things wherever we need them. This week, we will focus on the ways we use our hands and how God would like us to use them this season. Scripture says that we, as believers, are the hands and feet of Jesus in our world today. 

December 22—John 20:24-29  Proof in the Nail Scarred Hands

Thomas wasn’t convinced of Jesus’ resurrection; it took flesh and blood “proof” for him to believe. As we celebrate this season, what will it take for you to live convinced of Christ’s birth and hope? In what ways are you like Thomas today, living in doubt and uncertainty, waiting for convincing proof? Take some time to pray and ask God to remind you of concrete ways he has worked in your life, relationships he has healed, hope and peace he has given. Take time to write them down.

PRACTICAL CHALLENGES FOR THIS WEEK

· Spend a more lengthy time in prayer and confession. Take time to pray with your hands open, palms up.  This posture expresses your openness and vulnerability before God. Spend time confessing sins in your own life. Then take time to pray for God to fill your hands and heart with characteristics he desires.

· Pray about someone in your life who is in need of a blessing, perhaps your children, a friend or even your spouse. Take time this week to verbally speak words of affirmation and appreciation to him/her. Place your hands on his/her shoulders in the form of the Old Testament blessing as you bless them.

· When Jesus touched the leper, he did the unexpected and the unnecessary. Ask God to place someone on your path this week that needs an unexpected and perhaps unnecessary “touch” from you. Ask God to give you eyes to see the opportunity and to meet the need in the way he desires.

· For Children: Find something you can do around the house that would show your love and appreciation for your parents. Load the dishwasher. Clean your room. Help pick things up. Use your HANDS to express your love for your parents.