Open Hands

So many hands reach out for you,

the Christ, the broken bread.

Cupped hands expectant for the gift of your very self;

open hands receiving the gift of eternal life;

needy hands bringing problems and cares;

hands clasping other hands in a blessing of peace,

a mutuality of love before receiving the bread.


Hands reach out for you, waiting to bid you welcome;

hands reach out in interdependent need.

Lord, come to our hands as the bread of life,

a welcome feast,

nourishing us that we may be

the hands of friendship in your name

for those who need your love.


Included by permission of the author, the Rev. Ros Murphy