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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Open Hands


When our children were young J. would play a game with them. He'd hide a piece of candy in one hand, close both hands tightly, and put them behind his back. S. or D. or T. would try to guess which hand held the treat. Of course, they never guessed correctly because J. would switch back and forth on them. But the game always ended in lots of laughter, and with J. ultimately spreading both hands wide open to freely offer the treat.

The game always started as a tease, but ended in a blessing.

Psalm 145 is a song of praise to You, Lord. To your greatness and goodness to all. Verse 16 made me remember this little game. "You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."

You don't tease. You don't play switcheroo. But every good thing that comes to us comes from Your hand, Lord. You're not tight-fisted. Your hands are filled with blessings and extended, wide open to us all. Thank you.

That's another item on my list of One-Thousand Gifts. Your open, generous hands that bless us with so many good things.


No games, Little One. I hold out before you blessings and goodness. You can accept my gifts or reject them and go searching elsewhere for good things. But your searching will be futile. You'll find a lot of counterfeits, frustrations, and dead ends. But, every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights(James 1:17) - that's Me.

Take, eat, and be blessed.