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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Beautiful hands



Last week I was asked to take some pictures of one of our residents, along with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter.  While we were focusing on the 4 of them, the baby grabbed her great grandma's hand and I snapped this picture.
I think both hands are so beautiful!  One is smooth and unblemished.  There is such potential in that little hand.  Where will God lead this little girl in her life, and in what ways will she use her hands?
The other belongs to a lady that is near the end of her life.  Her hands were very creative.  I was given a few things she made in her younger days. She did beadwork and was accomplished on the sewing machine.  She raised 5 children, made many meals, did lots of laundry and cleaning and kept those hands very busy.  The results of the work she did may be faded, but the love she showed to her family by what she did remains.
It makes me think about the way I use my hands and reminds me that much of what I use my hands for isn't long lasting, but the reasons and the attitude I show while doing those things is what lasts.

16 comments:

Betsy Brock said...

What a beautiful picture! I'm sure the family will cherish this one...and that little girl will, too, as she grows. So sweet. Love your words, too...very, very true!

Musicaljean said...

I love that picture! And your thoughts on those hands.

Mari said...

OHMYGOODNESS MARI!...love love love this photo. uuummm...wow. No words....

Life with Kaishon said...

Absolutely beautiful Mari. I am crying right now.

:) said...

Beautiful...

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

What a lovely post. The photo is precious!

Maple Lane said...

Such a sweet post and photo. The lady I sit with crocheted all of her life. She made 4 generations of afghans for my family alone. The other day, she picked up the afghan covering her and said, "what is this called?" She could not recall the word "crochet." Bless her heart.....

Jenny the Pirate said...

I give you a hand for that poignant photo and your beautiful thoughts.

Connie said...

So precious.....wish I would have known my grandmas.

Nancy said...

What a sweet and thoughtful post today, Mar....I will ponder on what my hands are doing and if they are serving others are just myself...

Your picture is so precious and shows the comparison of innoncence and wisdom....

Susan said...

A treasure of TRUTH!!!

Sadie Qualls said...

What a treasure! What a blessing! Love this post Mari! I see the same things in my father's hands and face. The years of worry, stress, but happiness and life!

LL Cool Joe said...

What a beautiful photo and message.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

So beautiful - both the picture and the post!

Karen said...

Just beautiful, Mari, both your post and the photo. The baby will treasure it someday.

Beth said...

Beautiful! That would make a precious keepsake for that little one if it was framed.
So much story/history/future there.
Simply wonderful, Mari.