With These Hands


With these hands, I gently cradled this child,
Held him close to my heart,
Nursed his wounds and calmed her fears,
Held the books that I would read
And rock this child fast asleep.

With these hands, I made his lunches
And drove the car that carried her to school;
Snapped endless pictures, wrapped countless gifts,
Then did my best to assemble those gifts.
Combed his hair and wiped her tear,
Let her know that I was near
To nurse his wounds and heal her heart
When it would break.

With these hands, I made mistakes,
And with these hands, I prayed and prayed and prayed.
These hands are feeble, these hands are worn,
These hands can no longer calm the storms;
These hands have done all they can do;
These hands now release this child, my child,
To You.

For Your hands are able,
Your hands are strong,
Your hands alone can calm the storms.
Your hands will continue to do
What they are so gifted to do,
To shape his life and make her new.

Into Your hands receive this child,
For my child I now give back to You.
In the strong name of Jesus,
And with all my heart I pray,

Please pray for my nephew James. He's having surgery today at Noon...... for this. He's only 21. 

james xmas

It will be the first of three surgeries. It will hopefully allow him to live a normal life, altho, this is not a cure. Regardless, it's no simple task, and will require a bit of care for quite some time afterwards.

With his mother, Crystal 

Crystal and James

And beside his bro, Drew

James and Drew

With Oliver, a year ago (Oliver was 2)

James and Oliver

Helping Grampa Al open his Christmas present

dotti, gramps, james

He's a really great big cousin

James and Oliver - what's up kid!?

And everyone's favorite photo of my young neph....

crystal and james

Jame's mom sent the family the poem / prayer above. Please pray that James has a safe surgery and speedy recovery. I will keep you all posted.