61a. When Hands Reach Out

When hands reach out and fingers trace
The beauty of a loved one’s face,
We thank you, God, that love relies
On gifts of grace not seen with eyes.

When fingers spell and signs express
Our prayer and praise and thankfulness,
We thank you, God, that hands can sing;
You bless the silent songs we bring.

When broken bodies will not mend,
We thank you, God, for Christ our Friend.
In him, our healing can begin:
He welcomes all the wounded in.

And when the ways we learn and grow
Are not the ways that others know,
We thank you, God, that we have learned
Your love’s a gift, and never earned.

Your Spirit gives us differing ways
To serve you well and offer praise.
When all are joined as one, we’ll be
Your able, strong community.

Text Information
First Line: When hands reach out and fingers trace
Title: When Hands Reach Out
Original Language: English
Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette (2001)
Publication Date: 2001
Meter: LM
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; John 15:15
Topic: Disabilities Sunday; Grace of God; Holy Spirit (2 more...)
Language: English
Copyright: Copyright © 2001 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune Information
Name: O WALY WALY
Harmonizer: John Weaver (1988)
Meter: LM
Key: G Major
Source: English Folk Melody



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