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Holding Hands

Before you is a wooden hut with an open door.  You peer inside.  

Sitting at a bench working on a piece of wood, is a man.

 

You step forward to take a closer look.

Immediately you recognise it is Jesus.

 

Watch his hands as he planes and turns the wood.  They are strong hands.  Brown, and weathered by the sun.  You reach out to touch his hand and take it in your own....

 

Examine the hand closely.  The back of the hand is rough and leathery.  The veins stand out and the muscles are firm.  

These are strong hands...

 

You turn it over and run your thumb over the softness of the palm.  Then you trace the long fingers to the tips.    The fleshy pads feel dry and slightly rough.  These are worker’s hands....

 

You rub them gently with your own.

You know that these hands are special.

They are the hands that bless children....and heal the sick...

and break bread... and share loaves and fishes with the crowd...

and turn tables...and raise the dead....

 

Circle the palm with your thumb looking closely now at the spot where the nail will pierce.  You lift the hand to your face.  You smell the musky saltiness of skin as you tenderly kiss where the wound will be....

 

Then Jesus moves his hands, and your own small hands are enclosed in both of his.

 

He holds you there for a long time....

 

Safe and warm...

 

 

 

Children will need to be familiar with stories from the life of Jesus including the raising of Lazarus, the cleansing of the temple,  stories of healing, the last supper  and the crucifixion to understand the references in this visualisation.  

 

What do a person's hands tell us about them?  

Look at your own hands... are there any markings on them that tell a story?  

How did you feel as you imagined holding the hand of Jesus?

How did it feel when he covered your hands with his?

Has this helped in your understanding of religious belief?

How?

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