Carpenter’s Hands

Hi everyone,
 
Happy Easter! I recently returned from a week-long mission trip to Crisfield, Maryland where I worked with a wonderful, inspired team to help with relief from Hurricane Sandy. The damage in Crisfield is extensive, but in a week we were able to make a big difference fixing homes and giving many weary people new hope to press on.
 
This poem is a reflection on the work we did in Crisfield and is also inspired by the sermon by Pastor Todd Hurley at Asbury United Methodist Church, where we went for Palm Sunday service. He preached about our hands and how we should think about what kind of work they ought to be doing and how often they hold the Bible to read.
 
The poem was also inspired by our nightly devotionals. No matter how the day at the worksites had gone, we always took the time to share how we saw God that day in each other, in our environment, or in the people we met – we never ran out of ways that we saw Him working.
 
God bless!
–Morgan
 

“Carpenter’s Hands”
 
The raging storm ebbed away
months ago now.
Down along the shore
you see
buildings missing walls, floors, windows
sitting and waiting in marshy yards
as the cold winds of March
try to rattle their last strength out of them.
     you see
     wounded homes. 
 
but it is not all there is to see,
     for we see with new eyes
        opened by God’s Spirit in us,
    and amidst the aftermath
we see
hands gripping hammers, saws, screwdrivers 
hands lifting walls back into place
hands pounding in nails, fitting floors,
    wiping soot-streaked walls white,
    clearing out the broken for the new
hands writing cards to those who feel forgotten
hands steadying those shaken by the storm 
hands that hold and hands that are held.
 
now look even closer
you will see
the touch of a gentle, wise carpenter
guiding each working hand
to build as He did.

 
 
 
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Carpenter’s Hands by Morgan Prettyman is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Duncan
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 12:08:52

    I noticed you have a hand theme going lately. I like it. Very nice poem.

    Reply

  2. Don Muyskens
    Apr 24, 2013 @ 05:01:08

    Morgan you continue to inspire us with you insight and beautiful words. Thank you
    for sharing them with all of us. Don and Phyllis Muyskens

    Reply

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