I’ll never look at my hands the same..

Grandpa,
some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.
He didn’t move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands.
When I sat down beside him he didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat, I wondered if he was OK.
Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.

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He raised his head and looked at me smiled and said.”Yes, I’m fine. Thank you for asking,”
he said in a clear strong voice. “I didn’t mean to disturb you, Grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your
hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,” I explained to him.”

“Have you ever looked at your hands,” he asked. “I mean really looked at your hands?”
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down.
No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making.

Grandpa smiled and related this story:

“Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years..
These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled, and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and
grab and embrace life.

They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back.
As a child my mother taught me to fold them in prayer.
They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.
They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.
They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.
Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.
They trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse and walked my daughter down the aisle.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.
They have been dirty and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.
And to this day, when not much of anything else of me works real well, these hands hold me up,
lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.
These hands are the mark of where I’ve been and the ruggedness of my life.

But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home.
And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ.

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God
reached out and took my grandpa’s hands and led him home.
When my hands are hurt or sore I think of Grandpa. I know he has been stroked and caressed and held
by the hands of God.
I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

How was Grandpa SO certain that he was going to see the face of God when he passed to the next life? Well, it’s not because he was such a “good person” or because he belonged to a particular church or because he was baptized in a special way. There is nothing he could have possibly done in his own power to attain such a precious Gift.

The only way he was able to be certain that when he die he would see the face of God and take a hold of His hand was  through Faith. The Faith that was given and placed in his heart to believe that Jesus is the Only way to God the Father and to be certain that He died on the cross to pay for every single sin he ever committed.

For this faith to take action, he believed in..

GRACE…Heaven is A Free Gift
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

We cannot earn our way to heaven, and none of us deserves to go. It is a gift.

MAN…We Are All Sinners
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

Every person who has ever lived has missed God’s standard of perfection.

GOD…He Loves Us.. HE LOVES YOU “…God is love.” I John 4:8

While God loves us and does not want to punish us, we should also know that, as a just God, He must punish sin.

“…the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4

CHRIST…God Balanced Justice and Love Through His Son Jesus

Jesus is the infinite God-man, God in the flesh (John 1:1). He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase a place for us in heaven, which he offers as a free gift.

FAITH…The Gift of Eternal Life is Received By Faith

Saving faith is not merely intellectual assent. It is trusting in Jesus Christ alone and what He has done rather that what we can do to get us to heaven.

…what must I do to be saved? …Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” Acts 16:30b, 31

The Bible says , “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 You can do that now by simply praying, “Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. I believe You died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins, and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation, and I accept your free gift of eternal life.” If this prayer is the sincere desire of your heart, look at the promise of Jesus, “Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.” John 6:47

I love you all dearly and if you have taken this step and want to talk about it some more you are more than welcome to contact me!

If in anyway you feel this has offended you or you think this is foolishness.. I could only leave you with this..
“For the preaching of the cross is to them  that perish foolishness; but unto us  which are saved it is the power of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18

Again, I love you all so very much and I only want you to experience the freedom that came to my life when I believed!
Wishing you All a Blessed Easter!

35 Responses to “I’ll never look at my hands the same..”

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  1. Syl says:

    Faith… is the most important thing in life.
    Thank you for sharing this with us today.
    I wish you a blessed Easter too.
    x Syl

  2. Thank you my friend …God bless…hugs and love always…

  3. Missy says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I just wrote a poem on hands and thought this was pretty neat to find, right after I wrote that poem!

  4. Meri Wiley says:

    Oh Keren this is stunning in it’s beauty and truth! It’s not only a tear-jerker, but the honest truth. I’m almost to the painting stage on your sculpture, and I’m so excited!

    God Bless, and have the most wondrous Easter pretty lady.

    Hugs,
    Meri

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      I know! It touched my heart SO .. i just had to share it..

      eek! Cant wait to see it!!! :)!!!
      Sweet blessings to you sweet one!

  5. Bev says:

    Thank you Keren for sharing this. You are always an inspiration and I look forward to your blog arriving in my mailbox everyday. Happy Easter to you and yours and may God continue blessing you always. Hugs to you Keren ♥

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      I thank you miss Bev, for always leaving such sweet little notes! you’re always an encouragement and I appreciate you so!! THANK YOU!! :) Many Blessings to you and yours!♥

  6. Debbie says:

    Thank you for being so open about your faith. It is inspring and refreshing. God bless your ministry.

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      Thank you Debbie! The ministry part got to me.. I didn’t think about it like that! :)
      Blessings to you too!!

  7. karen says:

    Hi Keren:
    I am one of those people who read your blog every day, love everything you say, am so inspired by you, but never leave a comment. Well, today I just couldn’t NOT comment!! Wow, that was so amazing. Thanks for the reminder, especially today, about what is important in life. The precious gift of life, of hands, of dads, that we have been given by God. Today my dad (80 years old) is helping my husband with some projects at a rental house we have. Doing very hard work, I might add. I am so thankful for my dad, who has worked hard with his hands all his life, still uses them every day to take care of my mom, has provided for our family, opened God’s Word to us, and held my hand when I needed guidance. Thank you so much for boldly sharing what is precious to you. Again, you are an inspiration to me.
    Blessed Resurrection Day!!
    He is Risen!!!
    Karen

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      Wow miss Karen, Thank you! Comments like yours help me keep FPTFY going forward! I was truly humbled and blessed by you today!! Hug that wonderful Daddy of yours for me!! What a blessing it must be to have a Godly man as your Daddy :)
      Blessings to all of you!!!!

  8. Jamie says:

    Keren, did you write that? It’s so, so beautiful! Not only do I look foward to your images, but your inspiration each time. God bless you and yours always.

    Many hugs (( ))

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      Hi Miss Jamie! when i heard this story i knew this was the story the Lord wanted me to share . He is such a good God :)
      Blessings to you and yours also!!!
      XO!

  9. Labbie1 says:

    When I read this I think of my dad. He talks about how his hands don’t work like they should and how they cannot grasp things like they used to. This perfectly tells the story of his hands. The held me up and kept me secure on his shoulder. They walked me down the aisle and were always there for me to hold. His hands are beautiful in their misshapen way because it is the hard earned look of a hard working man who could and did do anything and helped anyone who needed it–most of all his daughter! He is 87 and grows more frail all of the time. I have been blessed to be able to be with him for the past 3 years to help him and my mom stay in their home for a while longer. It is time that I will always treasure. His hands will definitely be held by Jesus when it is time. He is a wonderful man and a truly great father! I love him dearly! Thank you for posting this!

  10. says:

    Oh I love when synchronicities happen. My mom and I were just talking about my grandpa’s and auntie’s hands this morning! Isn’t that wild?

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful message and reminding us about faith. Even those that *have* faith need a little reminder every now and then. I’ve been putting my trust in the Lord to lead me in the right direction and getting the lead again. Sending you OODLES of love and wishing you a Happy Easter!

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      oh my goodness wow! that is wild! Such perfect timing :)
      I know the Lord is using and will continue to use you my dear!!
      Your such a blessing to MANY!!!!
      Ditto on the OODLES of Love!!!
      Happy Easter!!!

  11. Heather says:

    So beautiful and true! Wishing you and your dear family a blessed Easter! Lots of love to you! xo Heather

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      Giant Hugs to you sweet Heather!! Hope this Easter brings blessings after blessings to you and yours also!!
      XO!!!

  12. Abby says:

    Well said Keren. I can’t imagine how empty my life would be without my Lord. I am thankful for the free gift of Salvation that He’s given me, and I can most assuredly say, my hands will touch His face someday. Thank you for the reflective story of our hands. I thought as I’d read it over my own life. You are a blessing.

  13. Miriam says:

    We all must be thankful for all the Lord has given us . Not too many of us believe in Him the Almighty and Powerful God. Jesus who died for us and gave us the freedom that we had and the pain He endured because of us. We need to be more grateful.

    Karen your story was so touchy, how our grandparents could talk to us and leave an impression on how life can be. I worked with the elderly once upon a time and hearing their stories how life was for them and how easy we have it made me think a lot and now as a grandmother myself I go around speaking to my grand kids the way my mines did. The impact it leaves to them, my 4 year old princess she is learning how to cook with me as I learned with grandmother. Its a cycle and a Blessing. And all this we must thank God and Jesus for this opportunity wake up every morning thanking Them for a new day. My mother use to say “when you wake up in the morning and open the first window or door at home always invite Him in and say the Lord be here now and forever”. Thank Him for your new day and continue your with normal day and before you go to bed praise Him and thank Him for all your daily blessings.

    Karen thank you for sharing. May bless you and all who reads this. HAPPY EASTER!!!!!

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      Oh my goodness Miriam!! Your comment touched me so!!
      I too have a heart for the elderly .. that was instilled by my Loving Mother..
      and WOW I think i am going to have to borrow your mother’s daily saying! Those words are SO Powerful!! I cant thank you enough for taking the time to write it!!
      God bless you even More!!

  14. Miriam says:

    (correction) May God bless you and all who reads this. HAPPY EASTR !!!!! Made a mistake with my last previous sentence. Sorry

  15. Doreen says:

    Oh Keren how I love you my sister your posts and the fact we will praise Him in Heaven. Thank you so very much for sharing this what a blessing. I pray your life is blessed beyond your dreams and hopes and that today tomorrow and everyday you stay on the narrow path we walk, til we see our Lord God Heavenly King Almighty God and Father. Til we worship and adore Him At His Feet with manycrowns and souls with us!!! God’s grace, peace, light, and love always

    • FreePrettyThings says:

      oh sweet one.. your comment was filled with so much Love, Truth and Blessings! Thank you Thank you Thank YOU! May all the blessings you proclaimed for my life, may also be showered upon yours!!! ♥♥

  16. Chris W. says:

    My heart overflows with gratitude for all the blessings we, though undeserving, are given, most of which we never even think about. Thank you so much for reminding us, and have a blessed Easter!

  17. Sherry Bradley says:

    Thank you so much for this story, and testimony…..it was a blessing to me (who is Christian) and I PRAY to others who are not…..Perhaps in planting this seed, it will flourish.
    The thing most people do not understand, is that OUR LORDS Kingdom IS supernatural. The miracle is that he loved us enough to make the ultimate sacrifice to reconcile us to HIMSELF. And ALL we have to do is believe and ask……
    What Love, What Grace.
    GOD bless you and yours this Easter season, and make us truly mindful and grateful for HIM and HIS Kingdom, of which we can be a part.

    In Love,
    Sherry

  18. On a car ride today we were talking about Grandparents and how it was the last time we had seen them. 2 of us had the pleasure of saying Goodbye and sending them off to heaven. The last time I saw my Farmor (Father’s Mother in Swedish) she told me that I should always remember that she loved me. Later that day she went into a coma and died a few days later. I was glad that I spent a lot of time with her. My other Grandma (Mormor) was in Sweden and I only got to see her on 2 visits. I try to teach my daughter that we have to enjoy people while they are there. She believes there is a God but tells us it isn’t the God we believe in. I can’t force her to believe, she has to figure that out on her own. In the meantime I pray that God will understand and forgive her. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Easter.

  19. Shirley says:

    Thank you. Hope you have a happy and blessed Easter.

  20. jaime says:

    Nothing but truth.
    Our Sovereign God is using you in the mightiest of ways dear girl … happy Easter!
    much love.

  21. Dani says:

    Thank you so much for Sharing this. I love this.

  22. Yvette says:

    Wow, this is special indeed! I forwarded the Grandpa to my Dad….

  23. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful! This post was absolutely lovely and the message of salvation is so clear – thank you for sharing and being a blessing!

    Hugs to you,
    Stephanie

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