The Hands Of Time

January 24, 2016
by Joel Jongkind

Psalm 31:15a – My times are in Your hand. (NKJV)

My mother did not live to see any of her grandchildren get married. She was a wonderful grandmother and she would have loved to have seen her grandchildren enter into holy matrimony, but it was not to be.

During the last years of her life, she embroidered a number of plain ladies' handkerchiefs with little flowers on them and little designs along the edges. She did a fair number of them, and after her death, one of my sisters gave one to each of several of my mother's grandchildren.

Our oldest daughter was one who received a handkerchief. A little over a year ago, one of her daughters was married. The photographer asked my wife, our daughter, and her daughter — the bride — to put their hands in a sort of a fanlike configuration on top of my mother's handiwork. It showed the hands of time: the handkerchief and the hands of three generations, the aging process clearly visible in these three hands. It made a moving photograph: hands expressing the passing of time, the past, the present, and the future.

God's hands are very important as symbols of His grace and blessing in the Bible. "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV) God's hand will hold us up in times of trouble. In the New Testament, there is the story of parents and perhaps grandparents bringing their little children to Jesus. I can picture them holding the little children's hands and coming through the city gate to where Jesus was sitting and talking to the people. As the Bible says, "Then little children were brought to [Jesus] that He might put His hands on them and pray." (Matthew 19:13a NKJV) Those parents and grandparents knew the importance of the little children being blessed by Jesus' hands.

Think of the hands that you have known: those of your father, your mother, your little children, your friend, or spouse. Think of the joy that you receive when you hold hands, or the comfort that you express when you hold the hand of a shut-in, a person in the hospital, or a friend in need. Think of how God's hand supports us when we need it most.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You that we can experience and express love by holding the hands of someone who needs comfort. We thank You for the assurance that You hold our hands in a spiritual way in times of need. We thank You, in Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>

Meaford, Ontario, Canada


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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank You.


    Thanks for sharing Joel.


    A most touching and moving devotion. Thank you!!


    I love that the things we make for others leave a legacy of reminder.


    Beautiful memories, Joel.
    Lovely words.
    Thank you.


    Thank you for a very uplifting message.
    Thank you for a message with something so precious to think about. A dear friend’s granddaughter recently had a baby. I’m going to send this message to them and suggest they take a similar picture. Thanks again. God Bless.


    Hi Joel,
    I have a deaf daughter and we use our hands to communicate in sign language. That just came to my mind as I was thinking of your devotional. I also thought of the song – Jesus’ hands were kind hands. Thanks for your message. Blessings.


    I understand what you mean about the hands article. I too have lost my Mom. She too missed all the action of weddings and new grandchildren.
    The years in my Mom’s hands — what they had done — saved her brother from the icy waters of a river, washed clothes by hand, so many changes. I miss my Mom so much, and my Dad too. But those were the years that the Lord our Shepherd drew me into His loving care.
    Thank you for helping me to remember. We seem to be on the same wavelength of how Jesus was with folks.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Joel,
    Yes, Jesus used touch, too, to express divine love.
    Let us not forget.
    Keep writing.

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