Hands of Protection

Mine and my mother’s hands. Photo taken while mother prayed on New Year’s Eve 12-31-13.

 

Around ten o’clock this past New Year’s Eve night my mother and I decided to have prayer together to mark the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Taking our seats around the dining room table, we agreed that mother would begin the prayer and I would close it. After reaching out and joining our hands together, mother began praying. At some point during mama’s prayer, I opened my eyes and was immediately transfixed by the sight of mine and mama’s hands clasped together.

I really don’t know how to explain it other than to say, that in my heart, I knew that I had to have a photo of my mama’s hand clasped with mine in prayer. So without saying a word, and with minimal movement, I picked up my cell phone and took two snapshots of our clasped hands while mama continued praying. After taking the photos I closed my eyes and returned my full attention to God and to our prayer.

Though taking snapshots may not sound like the ‘spiritual’ thing to do during prayer, I’m so very thankful ‘the moment was captured’ on film. You see there are some things that are priceless … and for me, the two photos of my seventy-nine-year-old mama’s hand holding mine during actual prayer is something I will treasure for the remainder of my life.

After closing our prayer, my attention went back to the photos and while looking at them I was reminded of the American spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”. Do you remember the song? It goes like this …

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

 

Hand Holding Earth by Watcharakun (www.freedigitalphotos.net)

 

The remaining verses include:

He’s got the wind and the rain in His hands (Repeat 2 more times)

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

 

He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands (Repeat 2 more times)

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

 

He’s got you and me brother in His hands (Repeat 2 more times)

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

 

He’s got you and me sister in His hands (Repeat 2 more times)

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

 

He’s got the whole world in His hands (Repeat 2 more times)

He’s got the whole world in His hands.

Truly we’re living in perilous times. While it’s impossible to predict with one-hundred percent accuracy the things which await us in 2014, many people believe it will be a year of far-reaching changes. Yet regardless of what the New Year brings … for the ‘sons and daughters of God’ there’s no need to be anxious or fearful, because there is good news. And that good news is that the present and future of every person in God’s family is safe and secure in God’s hands.

On the other hand … those who are not in God’s family should give serious consideration to establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Why with Jesus Christ? Because that’s the only way a person can become a member of God’s family. “Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.”—John 14:6 (Amp)

My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.–John 10:29

My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.–Isaiah 48:13

 

 

 

 

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