With Open Hands

With Open Hands

Reading the Word

“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

 

Jesus

Mark 14:36

Reflecting on the Word

To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor, and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor, and in the loneliness of your own heart. . . .

In the end, a life of prayer is a life with open hands—a life where we are not ashamed of our weaknesses but realize that it is more perfect for us to be led by the Other than to try to hold everything in our own hands. . . .

In all these moments, we gradually make our lives more a prayer and we open our hands to be led by God, even to the places we would rather not go.

 

Henri Nouwen

With Open Hands

 

Responding to the Word

Dear God,

I do not know where you are leading me.

I do not even know what my next day,

my next week, or my next year will look like.

As I try to keep my hands open,

I trust that you will put your hand in mine

And bring me home.

Thank you, God, for your love.

Thank you.

Amen.

 

Henri Nouwen

With Open Hands

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About kengire

Ken Gire has been a fulltime writer since 1981 publishing more than twenty books. His writing has earned such honours as two Gold Medallion Awards, Book-of-the-Year by Campus Life and two have been named C. S. Lewis Honour Books. He has worked with Insight for Living, co-authored 25 study guides with Chuck Swindoll and written on such diverse topics as devotional series and young adult fiction. He is currently working on a historical fiction that will be adaptable to film. Ken is also an inspiriational speaker and has founded Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping individuals live more reflective lives so they may experience life more deeply. View all posts by kengire

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