Life was so stressful that I seemed to live with my fists clenched. It was how my body dealt with the tension. I knew I had the habit but still often found myself clenching my fists.
Divorce can do that to you. (As can so many things in life.)
I mentioned it to a pastor friend. He looked at his hand and clenched his fist just as he could see me clinching mine. “You’re not meant to go through life like this,” he said.
Slowly, he lifted his hands and opened his fingers palms up. He looked down at his palms and then up to me. “Release those troubles to God,” he said. “You don’t have to hold on to them.”
I told my sister what my friend had said. She smiled and said, “Then I hope you get sunburned palms.” It sounded painful until I realized what she meant. I needed to turn up my palms and release the pain I felt until the light of the Son of God lifted my burdens and shone brightly in my life. I needed to live a life of upturned palms, continuously remembering to unclench my fists and release my stress and troubles to God.
The birth of Christ is a great reminder that we do not have to grip our troubles with both hands. Christ came to lift our burdens. We have to choose to release our grip. Doing so requires that we fix our gaze (our thoughts) on the relief, peace and hope Christ brings.
So to you I say…
May you have Son-burned palms.
Christian Thought for Today
So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:18
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