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Hands that Hurt or Heal?

The Visual Aid for this Assembly? Our Hands! Capable of healing and harming, working and worrying, this assembly looks at how we can use our hands for bringing the healing, loving touch of Jesus to the world.

Opening Activity: Look at your hands

Invite the pupils to look at their hands. What are they like? Dirty, clean, marked, scratched, soft, smooth. Do you have pen marks or scratches, well-groomed nails or bitten nails., dark skin or pale skin, etc. What about other people’s hands? Your friends, father’s, mother’s, grandparents? Are they big, small, delicate, rough from labour, smooth, well groomed. Our hands often tell us a lot about who we are, what we do, what kind of work we have are involved in.

How we use our hands
Hands can do lots of different things. They can offer comfort and affirmation or they can hit and hurt and slap. They can be held out in welcome or push people away. They can hold gifts to brighten up someone’s life or stones to throw and hurt. They can be used to urge people forward or to hold people back. They can be used in prayer, they can bless, save someone’s life (surgeon’s hands), build (a workman’s hands), create a piece of beautiful art (artist’s hands), they can mend, tend, feed, comfort.

Using our hands for God
We can use our hands for God. To share his love and comfort, to serve others, to encourage and affirm.

In the Bible there is a wonderful phrase about God holding us in the palm of his hand. It’s a comforting image, that God holds us. Jesus stretched out his arms in love and his hands were nailed to an cross. In the Graham Kendrick hymn The Servant King, we sing: ‘Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered.’

Teresa of Avila wrote:

‘Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet
with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands
with which Christ blesses the world.’

Lord Jesus,
here are our hands:
open to receive all the good things you give,
open to welcome others,
open to help others.
Help us to bring your healing touch to the world. Amen.

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