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The Work of His Hands
Written by
Debbie Dillon

Each year I resurrect the old candy dish and relive the memories that make it dear. It holds laughter and love of family, cherished Christmases past spent in a much simpler time.

Proudly displayed on Grandma’s Christmas table since the 50’s, it’s held all sorts of treats from candied maple nuts to chocolates, to peanut butter cookies and old-fashioned ribbon candy.I remember Grandma’s swollen fingers as she tied the ribbon to the top to make it more festive. The ribbon remains, and always will, just as she tied it her last Christmas with us.

It’s this time of year when I miss her the most – when my own bones and joints scream with the cold. When the wonderful aromas drift from my kitchen and I sense her warmth, almost hear her voice, and imagine that gleam in her eyes.

I consider the many hands at work this time of year; those that know more work than leisure – those unaccustomed to such things as paid vacation days.

I think of the many hands folded in prayer, searching through thin, warn pages of God’s Word for just the right verse, just the right answer to ease the worry and fatigue. What will the New Year bring?

God bless the hands that add a little water to the soup to make it reach to every mouth around the table.

I think of precious little ones learning, kneading, and straining to see above the counter. And how they look to the more skilled hands that offer guidance and instruction; hands that help make a house a home; a place of refuge and peace.

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."

(Titus 2:3-5) NIV

These are the hands that work love into every task. They bring forth moments that steal away little pieces of the heart forever. They hold and comfort, nurture and protect.

As with the hands that first brought forth life and spun the world into being, we can’t undo the work of the Lord – can’t unravel the work of love when it’s born of a sincere heart and embraces another.

"The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.Day after day they pour forth speech;night after night they reveal knowledge."

(Psalm 19:1-2) NIV

May the Lord richly bless the work of your hands!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, from my heart to yours.

Debbie Dillon is a wife of 23 years, mom to two teenagers (2 dogs, 4 chickens and the source of all her gray hair; the nasty parrot who sits outside her kitchen window). She’s a church secretary, freelance writer and author of her first book, “Walking in Son-Light,” and founder/editor-in-chief of Christian Women’s Voice Magazine. She’s a coffee drinker, chocolate devourer, dog lover and follower of Christ. If she’s not burning dinner or out in the garden apologizing to her plants for not watering….again, she’s most likely at her blog, the Writin’ 4 Him Café (

Debbie, blessings to you, sweet friend. I pray you find treasures of God's blessings around every turn as you enjoy this season of His rich blessings upon His children. I just love this post. What wonderful memories you have of your grandmother. This is such a hard season for so many and this is a post to teach us to treasure even the smallest of gifts of those we love. You have an open invitation to come back and join me at the Nest. You have blessed me today as I know your writing has blessed everyone who has joined us today.

Friends, pop over to Debbie's blog and see all she is up to today. Even in her busy schedule, it is clear that she places her love for Christ above all else. For this reason, He completely shines through her and all she does.

Friends, I also invite you to join, Debbie, at her new women's magazine, called, Christian Women's Voice. Just click and it will take you directly to her magazine, that I might add, is amazing! Here is the link if that works better for you: You can also find, Debbie, at her blog, Writin' 4 Him Cafe. You too, can find her on facebook!


Debbie Dillon said…
You bless my heart with your friendship, sweet Robin. I'm so thankful the Lord has brought us together through the blogging world; we have so many similarities...kinda like "sisters." :) Much love to you and thanks SO much for the privilege of sharing my scattered thoughts here at the nest.
Robin Prater said…
Debbie, it is an honor to have you as a guest today. The Lord is good, isn't He? I love how He brings His children together to build friendships and to encourage one another along our journey.

Blessings to you sweet friend,
Lisa said…
Beautiful words and memories, Debbie. Many blessings sweet friend!

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