An Open Hand
“You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing” ~ Psalm 145:16
It was so heart warming to watch how this Scripture was being lived out. Recently we visited my hometown and got to spend some time with my grandmother. She’s a very kind-hearted and benevolent woman who’s always doing something for the poor. The hawkers who passed by her house would stop over to refresh themselves with a glass of cool buttermilk. The sweepers would gather in her verandah to have their breakfast and she would generously hand over a big jug of water. This time I noticed one old lady who would frequent her place about lunch time. My grandmother would give her some small errands to do like peeling garlic or gleaning the greens and would serve her lunch everyday. That’s a costly commitment. That too for a widow who’s living on a meager income.
Watching her made me realize that it’s not good enough just to have a generous heart. One must show that generosity in actions. The Bible says in James 2: 15-16, ‘Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing and you say, “Well, goodbye – and God bless you; stay warm and eat well” but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?’ True generosity is lived out by its actions; it is brought to life; it is made flesh.
Peter, James and John, pillars of the early church emphasized this and Paul encouraged others to ‘remember the poor’ (Galatians 2:9,10). If we are willing to reach out to help the poor, we can be God’s hands.
“Dear Jesus, You have been kind and generous to me. Thank you Lord. Help me pass it on to others. You use me as Your hands. Amen”