Moving in Worship

Have you ever thanked God for the intricacy of how your hands move?

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2: 10, NIV

Our hands curl, grasp, lift, touch, smooth, hold, wash, clap, play music, caress… So much of our lives depends on whether we can move with our hands.

Look closely at your hand. What do you see?

Reach out. Grasp a small object. Lift it. Consider carefully all the minute motions that happen in that simple activity. Thank God for the ability. Pray for those with arthritis, a maimed hand, or a disability that doesn’t allow them to grasp, lift, and hold a small object.

Get down on the floor on your hands and knees. Do a push up. Consider how crucial your hands are in that motion. Thank God He provided the ability. Do another push up concentrating in awe of the gift your hands are for your physical well-being. Pray for those who can’t use their hands. Those with broken bones, burns, or leprosy.

Share the wonder of God's handiwork

All the small parts of our bodies are gifts from God. Talk to someone about the miracle of that gift. Thank God any time you notice the little things that enhance your life, your ability to live life, and the simple joy of lifting your hands to taste something fun like caramel corn.

God used His hands to form our bodies to do good works. Caring for those bodies, appreciating how they work, gives us the opportunity to do the good work He prepared in advance for us. Share the awesome wonder of how fearfully and wonderfully God made us. Marvel at the joy He instills as we share the work of our hands.

What have you made with your hands and how do you share it?

Do you consider the work of your hands as an act of worship?

Angela Breidenbach

Angie Breidenbach loves speaking for women's retreats, conferences, and events. Angela also coaches courageous confidence, personal growth, media and interview skills, writing, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and CTA life coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister for her congregation in Missoula, MT. She's written Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life from Journey Press, a Sheaf House imprint. Other works by Angela include Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance (Oct 2010), Creative Cooking for Colitis (March 2011, Kindle) compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. Her newest book, A Healing Heart, is due out from Abingdon Press ( April 2013.

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