Thursday, June 5, 2014

Five Minute Friday - Hands

Black and white photo of mother's hands holding child's hands.


Five Minute Friday is a special time set aside each week where, as our hostess and inspiration, Lisa-Jo Baker, puts it, "We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt...no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real." 

Today's prompt is hands. So...here...we...

Go!

The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this week's prompt was a story that my mother used to read to me many years ago. It was from a book called Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories, and the story was titled "Mother's Hands." I remember it making a great impression on me as a child. 

The story was about a young mother who had run over to visit a neighbor for just a moment while her baby was sleeping in her crib. While she was gone her house caught on fire with the baby still sleeping inside. 

When she realized what was happening, she ran through the gathering crowd and resisted the firemen when they insisted that she not go into the burning house. She didn't care. All she could think of was rescuing her sleeping baby...which she did. The baby was fine, but the mother's hands were terribly burned, and she was taken away by ambulance. 

Years later the daughter noticed her mother's badly scarred hands. She commented on how ugly they were. It was then, through tears, that the mother told her the story of the fire and all that happened. At that point the little girl began to cry and commented that her mother's hands were the most beautiful hands in all the world.

From there the story went on to talk about another pair of badly scarred hands. Hands that were hurt for you and me. Those beautiful nail-scarred hands of Jesus, and how they represent His deep love for us.

Stop!

Until next time...

All My Love,
~Rebecca



P.S. - I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to leave a comment before you go! And have a blessed day! <3

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6 comments:

  1. rebecca, thanks for reminding me of that story. i heard it years ago! it was a great one. i see we were thinking along the same lines. got there on a different track, but got there just the same:)

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    1. We did, indeed, arrive at the same spot, Martha...at those beautiful, nail-scarred hands of Jesus! Thanks for stopping by from FMF! God bless!

      Love,
      ~Rebecca

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  2. I think there's a lot of regret in that story - but a lot of redemption, too - I'd never heard that story! Thank you for sharing it here today!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from FMF. Have a blessed week ahead.

      Love,
      Rebecca

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  3. Such a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by from FMF. Have a blessed week ahead.

      Love,
      Rebecca

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