An open heart and open hand

Is accommodating and sweet;

It invites and emanates much warmth

And brings much needed relief.

A hand that stretches out with kindness

Is one that’s always blessed;

It cares about the needs of others

And sincerely wants their best.

But a heart and fist that’s tightly shut

Will hamper any flow;

Enclosed with stagnant waters

Unable to bestow.

Many times we clench our fists

And shake them to God Almighty,

When our carnal desires aren’t satisfied

Or when we take His grace so lightly.

A fist that’s clenched represents a heart

That’s bruised and battered within;

A heart perhaps filled with unforgiveness

And deceived by various sins.

An open hand that stretches wide

Is giving with compassion;

It restores love and dignity

And exerts much grace and passion.

Jesus stretched out His hands

And was nailed to the cross;

The most open hands in the history of man

So His sheep will not be lost.

We thank God for open hands and hearts

That make a difference in our lives;

With a gentle touch and faithful gesture

When true love is not disguised.

(C) P.B. 2019

“And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.” Luke 24:45

“Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters.” Psalm 144:7

“Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations…” Luke 24:46-47