Our hands, God's hands
Our hands and their cleanliness are much to the fore right now, as we are urged to wash them regularly, or sanitise them, in order to fight back against Covid-19.
Our hands have so many different qualities, as Rev. Anita, preaching as Sole Nominee, reminded us in her sermon this morning.
Psalm 90 concludes: “May the favour of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – yes, establish the work of our hands”.
She also encouraged us to think about the hands of God, using as one example a piece by the sculptor Auguste Rodin which is entitled “The Hand of God”. You can study it here: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/en/collections/sculptures/hand-god
It’s not for me to repeat Anita’s sermon. If you’d like to watch the whole service, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzotwO3xKI8
Because of the current restrictions on numbers in church, the usual scenario whereby the votes are counted after the service(s) would not be fair to those unable to attend in person. So a postal vote is available and for that, time needs to be allocated, meaning that it will be next Sunday afternoon (1st November) before the results of the election are known.
Meanwhile (and forever) we are in the hands of God.
‘I said to the man who stood at the gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”’ Quoted by King George VI in his Christmas 1939 broadcast; attributed to Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)
Have a read of the words of Andrew J. Scobie’s hymn, “Look forward in faith, all time is in God’s hand” (number 237 in CH4 or listen to the first verse here: https://music.churchofscotland.org.uk/search?keywords=look+forward+in+faith