Here I am, in Minnesota. It started snowing as we unloaded my car :-) An appropriate welcome.
Here I am, with empty hands.
Empty hands because I am beginning again, and beginning again means opening hands that held so many good things and memories to make room for new things. I have no idea what those new things are....no idea at all.
And then I got to thinking, what if my hands are empty, not to receive again, but so that I can have two empty hands for serving. For helping. For literally digging in to community.
What if my hands were filled with goodness, love, friendship, growth, and all of those good things, filled to overflowing for awhile to give me the strength and courage to live with empty hands for awhile. It isn't easy to keep hands open and empty. We are always wanting, always reaching and grasping and taking. It is human nature. I am no exception. But God showed me the image in my head: a beautiful and lovely image of hands reached to the sky, touched with grace, mercy, and strength... held up day after day in front of God, on bended knee, offered to Him for His use and good purposes.
Maybe "empty" hands aren't empty at all.
Not empty at all.