December 29

Read Isaiah 49:5-15

When I take a look at my hands

I see the this past year reflected   

The lines of weariness 

The scars from cuts and bruises

The death, brokenness and grief

The uncertainty, fear, and  loneliness

All of these things that made me want to make fists

And raise them to the sky

When I take a look at my hands

My heart begins to break

When I take a look at my hands

I begin to wonder how long

How long will I carry so much

How long will our systems be  broken

Will the burden be heavy

Will each day be uncertain

When I take a look at my hands

I’m filled with doubt

When I take a look at my hands

And really let my eyes settle on the connections

The bones, ligaments and muscles

The stories, fingers, and memories 

That live within these palms

I begin to see more than what my newsfeed 

Makes me digest

When I take a look at my hands

Hope begins to surface

When I take a look at my hands 

And see how they have lived 

How they have kneaded bread

Dug in the earth

Written letters 

Held protest signs 

I see how they have made fists and spirit fingers

How they have not stopped reaching for tomorrow

When I take a look at my hands

I see this isn’t the end of the story

When I take a look at my hands

I see I am not forgotten

That I do not walk this way alone

I see a life that was formed, skin  that is known

A body that is loved

I still have my questions, my scars, my doubt

Yet they balance with strength, fire, and hope

When I look at my hands

My hands  made by my maker

I see a new day dawning.

Pray

Holy One, we pray you remind us of who you created us to be, and how we are called into this world. Wake us up so that we might find you in new and surprising ways.

Rev. Rachel Penmore

Campus Minister

UKirk University of Tennessee

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