Putting Our Hands to Good Work
Recently at Red Oak Grove, we read as Jesus called his first disciples.
Jesus called them to follow him and become fishers of people. These first disciples were fishermen. I
magine what the hands of a career fisherman must look like. I imagine them cracked and dry from constant exposure to the elements.
I imagine them strong with the ability to pull in nets filled with fish. I imagine them also able to do the nimble, tedious task of untangling nets when they get twisted and knotted together.
It was these men with these worn, strong, and nimble hands that Jesus called to first follow him.
Now look at your own hands. Are they cracked, dry? Strong? Wrinkled? Nimble or barely able to bend?
Jesus calls us too to follow him. To go fish for people. To use our hands in our daily vocations as disciples. To pat someone on the back after a job well done. To shake the hands of a new neighbor or coworker or stranger.
To wave in welcome to a newcomer. To hug and hold someone who is lonely or grieving or ill. To type kind words on social media instead of words that harm.
Jesus calls us to follow him, to be his disciples, as he first called Simon and Andrew and James and John so many years ago.
May we use our hands to uplift, support, welcome, include, and congratulate.
May we use our hands to fish for people.