Sunday, April 5, 2009

Grandma's Hands

I found this story in an email and was inspired to do a portrait of my four generations of hands. I do have a fifth but my great grandmother wasn't available at the hoping to update this picture when I see her, but for now thought I would share. The story is about a 90 year old lady telling how her hands carried her through life...Avrianna'a Great Great Grandma Sophia NaGreen is 96 and doing very well. I can see her telling a story just like this!

Four Generations of Hands = Great Grandma Kohl (Beverly Kohl) 75, Nanny (Debbie Witt) 55, Mom (Lori Osero) 34, Avrianna Osero 6


Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench.
She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.
When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence
and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK.
Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her
at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and
looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," she
said in a clear voice strong.
“I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here
staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,"
I explained to her.
“Have you ever looked at your hands?" she asked. "I mean really
looked at your hands?"
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them
over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really
looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.
Grandma smiled and related this story:
"Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have
served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled
shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to
reach out and grab and embrace life.
They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.
They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my
mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled
on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went
off to serve our country in time of war.
They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent. They were
uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. The left hand
is decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was
married and loved someone special.
They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I
buried my parents and my spouse.
They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors,
and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the
rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried
and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works
real well, but these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue
to fold in prayer.
These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out
and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me
to His side and there I will use these hands to touch His Face.
I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God
reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home.
When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my
children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been
stroked and caressed and held by the Hands of God.
I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His Hands upon my face.
When you read this, say a prayer for the people in your family. Those
generations above you and those generations after you and watch
as God's answers prayers in your life and all of your family's lives.

Let's continue always to pray for one another.

-- Author Unknown

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