Be they praying or callous workers hands

We rely on hands to uphold, hug, assure

Life without one or both must be different

Hands to comfort, wipe away tears, to retreat

The fear, making sad rejoice, joining young

To old, weak with strong, hands to hold.


Be they young or weathered life hands

We reach-out hand to hand, support embrace

Life with no hand memory must be different

Hands to teach and train, clap with praise

Courage to be brave, from age to age,

From wise to simple, hands to help.


Be they tender small or large adult hands

We use to feed, address our personal needs,

Life designed for hands only must be different

Hands which reach to stroke, clasp fold,

Make a chore a treat, even used to fetch

Very important when a party host!


Be they parental or constructive hands

We appreciate much when used to improve

(No hands) Life seems lacking and different

Hands appear essential; not incidental

Working in tandem with thought and

Speech, each one is an extension of me!!


The plural of hand, a body part, hands

Commonly used for picking or holding

No hand - less skillful must be different

Hands or hand means a useful limb

To smooth, to hug, to bless, to work

The palm of the hand is the seat of strength


I have written your name on the back of my hands

I’d never forget you, how could I says the LORD

Hands which are creative but not like yours

My right hand is ready to strike your foes

And my other to bring you your salvation

The LORD will work out his plans for my life!


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And Zion’s name is written there, But hands may have written been used


Isaiah 49 v 16 - Message

I’d never forget you - never

I’ve written your name(s) on the back of my hands

The palm of the hand is the seat of strength, the instrument of work; and so, if Zion’s name is written there, that means not only remembrance, but remembrance which is at the helm, as it were, which is moulding and directing all the work that is done by the hand that bears the name inscribed upon it. The thought is identical with the one which is suggested by part of the High Priest’s official dress, although there the thought has a different application. He bore the names of the twelve tribes graven upon his shoulder, the seat of power, and upon his breastplate that lay above the heart, the home of love. God holds out the mighty Hand which works all things, and says to His children: ‘Look, you are graven there’-at the very fountain-head, as it were, of the divine activity. Which, being turned into plain English, is just this, that for His Church as a whole, He does move amidst the affairs of nations. You remember the grand words of one of the Psalms,-’He reproved kings for their sakes, saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm.’ It is no fanatical reading of the history of earthly politics and kingdoms, if we recognise that one of the most prominent reasons for the divine activities in moulding the kingdoms, setting up and casting down, is the advancement of the kingdom of heaven and the building of the City of God. ‘I have graven thee on the palms of My hands’-and when the hands go to work, it is for the Zion whose likeness they bear.