(Psalm 24:3-6 NRS).
“My Heart is Yours” by Jenni Holma
When we use our hands to do the work of Jesus Christ, to be in mission, to serve others, we can look down and see that our heart is in our hands. It is vulnerable and exposed. While it is natural to fear this kind of extreme openness, I believe that is exactly what Christ expects of us, what he modeled for us. Where have your hands been? How pure is your heart? The next time to see another person and you feel that instinctive desire to shove your hands in your pockets and walk away, don’t. Put your heart in your hand, and extend it. Just maybe that tingle when another person’s flesh touches ours is the purification our heart so desperately needs. It’s in your hands now.
Our Lord and Savior,
You made yourself vulnerable, even unto death for us.
How do we repay you?
How do we honor your sacrifice and memory?
We shun those you call us to serve, to love,
With whom we should be in relationship.
We chose our personal comfort over your call.
Forgive us, we pray.
By your grace, we will grow and open ourselves to the world.
We will seek out opportunities to use our hands in your ministry.
Let us become pure in heart and clean in hand.
Unite our inner self with our outer being.
May our faith be tangible in our physical body;
As others witness your glory in our works,
The fruit of our faith.
Even now, my hands are clasped in prayer,
But they are beginning, little by little,
To be opened to the world.
Thank you, Lord.