Christ’s Hands

We watched His Hands. We talked to our boys about being Christ’s hands. Whenever we use our hands to be kind, we are using our hands like Christ used His hands. Christ is not living on the earth right now. He is watching over us and helping us, but He’s not here on earth for everyone to see. The only way people will learn about Christ is if WE live like Christ. We need to live so that people who don’t know Christ will want to know Him because they know us. We need to SHOW people how Christ used His hands by emulating Him.

The lyrics to “His Hands” are powerful. The chorus calls us to action and it is my favorite part of the song (I’ve highlighted it in big, bold letters):

HIS HANDS
TOOLS OF CREATION
STRONGER THAN NATIONS
POWER WITHOUT END
AND YET THROUGH THEM WE FIND OUR TRUEST FRIEND
HIS HANDS
SERMONS OF KINDNESS
HEALING MEN’S BLINDNESS
HALTING YEARS OF PAIN
CHILDREN WAITING TO BE HELD AGAIN

HIS HANDS WOULD SERVE HIS WHOLE LIFE THOUGH
SHOWING MAN WHAT HANDS MIGHT DO
GIVING, EVER GIVING, ENDLESSLY
EACH DAY WAS FILLED WITH SELFLESSNESS
AND I’LL NOT REST UNTIL I MAKE OF MY HANDS WHAT THEY COULD BE
‘TIL THESE HANDS BECOME LIKE THOSE FROM GALILEE

HIS HANDS
LIFTING A LEPER
WARMING A BEGGAR
CALLING BACK THE DEAD
BREAKING BREAD, FIVE THOUSAND FED
HIS HANDS
HUSHING CONTENTION
POINTING TO HEAVEN
EVER FREE OF SIN
THEN BIDDING MAN TO FOLLOW HIM

HIS HANDS WOULD SERVE HIS WHOLE LIFE THOUGH
SHOWING MAN WHAT HANDS MIGHT DO
GIVING, EVER GIVING, ENDLESSLY
EACH DAY WAS FILLED WITH SELFLESSNESS
AND I’LL NOT REST UNTIL I MAKE UP MY HANDS WHAT THEY COULD BE
‘TIL THESE HANDS BECOME LIKE THOSE FROM GALILEE

HIS HANDS
CLASPED IN AGONY
AS HE HE LAY PLEADING, BLEEDING IN THE GARDEN
WHILE JUST MOMENTS AWAY
OTHER HANDS BETRAY HIM
OUT OF GREED, SHAMEFUL GREED
AND THEN HIS HANDS
ARE TREMBLING
STRAINING TO CARRY THE BEAM THAT THEY’VE BEEN LED TO
AS HE STUMBLES THROUGH THE STREETS
HEADING TOWARDS THE HILL ON WHICH HE DIED
HE WOULD DIE
THEY TAKE HIS HANDS, HIS MIGHTY HANDS, THOSE GENTLE HANDS
AND THEN THEY PIERCE THEM, THEY PIERCE THEM
HE LETS THEM, BECAUSE OF LOVE
FROM BIRTH TO DEATH WAS SELFLESSNESS
AND CLEARLY NOW I SEE HIM WITH HIS HANDS
CALLING TO ME
AND THOUGH I’M NOT YET AS I WOULD BE
HE HAS SHOWN ME HOW I COULD BE
I WILL MAKE MY HANDS LIKE THOSE FROM GALILEE

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I made a poster with Christ’s picture in the middle of it. Every time the kids have Christ-like hands, we trace their hand (which they love) and talk with them about how they acted like Jesus. This has been an AMAZING teaching opportunity. It has given me the chance to LOOK for all the good they are doing, give them lots of recognition & praise for it, and teach them about Christ. It has been so sweet to sit down and have these special talks about how they used their hands to be like the Savior.

We started this family home evening later than I would have liked so we don’t have very many hands yet, but I plan to start this next year on December 1st and do “Christ’s Hands” the entire month and have so many hands on our poster that they will be overlapping!

We hung up our “Christ’s Hands” poster right by the prophets (The frame under the first presidency says, “Egberts Follow the Prophets.” We only have ONE rule at our house: Egberts follow the prophet. That takes care of everything I can think of. Now our kids can answer their own questions of, “Can I…?”  I like being able to turn that question back to them and simply ask, “What have the prophets said about it?” Then the kids can research it and gain a deeper understanding).

I don’t know if you can read anything on the hands, but I write down what the kids did. It says things like “Caleb did an extra chore today,” “Caleb shard his preschool treats with Daniel,” “Daniel helped Caleb with his chore,” “Caleb held the door open at church without me asking him to,” “Caleb and Daniel made a card for their grandma,” “Caleb helped mommy make a dinner for another family,” etc.

Christ’s hands’ serve and we are really focusing on service this month. Here are some fantastic quotes we have used on service and being Christ’s hands:

I have seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives

The noblest service comes from nameless hands, and the best servant does his work unseen.

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. Stretching our souls in service helps us to rise above our cares, concerns, and challenges. As we focus our energies on lifting the burdens of others, something miraculous happens. Our own burdens diminish. We become happier. There is more substance to our lives. (David S. Baxter, Conference Report, Oct. 2006)

As we look heavenward, we inevitably learn of our responsibility to reach outward. To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside ourselves. No one has learned the meaning of living until he has surrendered his ego to the service of his fellow man. Service to others is akin to duty, the fulfillment of which brings true joy….. “Love thy neighbor” is more than a divine truth. It is a pattern for perfection.” (Monson, “The Joy of Service,” New Era, October 2009)

“The Lord said, speaking of His servants, ‘Their arm shall be my arm.’ [D&C 35:14] Have you thought about this? To me this is one of the most sacred and significant and personal commissions I can read about in the holy records or elsewhere. The Lord says this arm of mine is His arm. This mind, this tongue, these hands, these feet—these are the only tools He has to work with so far as I am concerned. … So far as you are concerned, your arm, your resources, your intelligence, your tongue, your energy, are the only tools the Lord has to work with” (Service, BYU Speeches of the Year 15 Oct. 1958)

My brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by those in need of our attention, our encouragement, our support, our comfort, our kindness….We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.” (Monson, “What Have I Done for Someone Today?” Conference Report, October 2009)

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2 thoughts on “Christ’s Hands

  1. I’m really loving all your great ideas! So nice to hear inspiring ideas from other Moms that are just trying to do the best they can do! This month we’ve been doing a similar thing… We’ve got a “sparkle-box” present for Jesus & every time we serve someone else, we write it down on a piece of paper & put it into the present for Jesus. Then, on Christmas morning, we’re planning to open up Jesus’ present very first & show Him what we’ve done for HIM this month. Thanks again for the great ideas!

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