The “Praying Hands”

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The “Praying Hands” are much,
much more than just a work of art,
They are the “soul’s creations”
of a deeply thankful heart.

They are a Priceless Masterpiece
that love alone could paint,
And they reveal the selflessness
of an unheralded saint

These hands so scarred and toilworn,
tell the story of a man
Who sacrificed his talent
in accordance with God’s Plan

For in God’s Plan are many things
man cannot understand,
But we must trust God’s judgement
and be guided by His Hand –

Sometime He asks us to give up
our dreams of happiness,
Sometimes we must forego our hopes
of fortune and success –

Not all of us can triumph
or rise to heights of fame,
And many times What Should Be Ours,
goes to another Name –

But he who makes a sacrifice,
so another may succeed,
Is indeed a true disciple
of our blessed Savior’s creed –

For when we “give ourselves away”
in sacrifice and love,
We are “laying up rich treasures”
in God’s kingdom up above –

And hidden in gnarled, toilworn hands
in the truest Art of Living,
Achieved alone by those who’ve learned
the “Victory of Giving”

For any sacrifice on earth,
made in the dear Lord’s name
Assures the giver of a place
in Heaven’s Hall of Fame.

And who can say with certainty
Where the Greatest Talent Lies,
Or Who Will Be the Greatest
In Our Heavenly Father’s Eyes!

Helen Steiner Rice
(1900 – 1981)

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