Sunday, May 2, 2021

Holy Hands Lifted High


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“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer,

without anger or disputing.” 1 Timothy 2:8 NIV


Some lift one

others, both

chest-high, chin high

Some reach upward

ceilingward, skyward

stretching Heavenward

reaching for

His hem


Soft young graceful hands

with squared airbrushed fingertips

Pudgy, fidgety, child hands

copying his daddy hands

Brown hands, pale hands

old bulging vein hands

Just plain hands

hands with bands

hands flashing rings

stones sparkling

Calloused hands, splintered hands

rough, red dishpan hands

Cold hands, warm hands

peanut butter and jelly hands

Salon hands

nails lacquered red

rose pink or pearly


Tambourine shaking

banner waving

clap clapping

Bible clutching

baby holding

tear wiping

clenching, wrenching

God beseeching hands


Hands clasping the hand

of another

hands signing praise

for ears that cannot hear

hands folded

serenely in a lap


All beautiful

all holy

all His children’s

hallelujah hands


Maude Carolan

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  1. I love the joy in this poem. I just finished a draft of this weeks blog post about worship and this poem especially blessed me. Thanks, Maude.

  2. Thank you, Barbara. This is one of my most popular poems. I’m glad you were blessed! To God be the glory!