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These Hands Connect Us to One Another

Become aware of the hands that you are holding: their warmth, texture, and weight.

As an infant, these same hands reached out for the nourishment of milk.

As a child, these hands shakily wrote a name on paper for the first time.

These hands have wiped away tears, clenched in anger,
waved hello and good-bye countless times, and embraced loved ones.

And now these hands are the tangible link that connects us to one another.

Look and see those around you who have experienced so much that is life.

These hands have worked, are working, and will work to make the world a better place.

Go in peace; go in love; work for justice.

Go forth and bless the world.

About the Authors

Amy Bowden Freedman

Rev. Amy Bowden Freedman is the Minister of Religious Education of First Parish in Concord, MA. She served as the Parish Minister of Channing Memorial Church for 10 years and as a Consulting Minister at First Church in Boston and the UU Society of Martha's Vineyard....

Keith Kron

Rev. Keith Kron is the Director of the Transitions Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, helping congregations and ministers as they navigate the ministerial search process. He is the former Director of the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns for the UUA....

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a black-and-white photo of a woman's wrinkled, graceful hands stacked on top of each other.
a small child's hands, clasped, with patches of red, yellow, and blue paint