12/22/18 Weekend Grif.Net – A Hand

12/22/18 Weekend Grif.Net – A Hand

These were the =
weeks of school after Thanksgiving and before Christmas break.  The =
first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment related to BOTH =
holidays.  Draw a picture of a present they hoped to get AND for =
which they were truly thankful.


Most of the =
class immediately had ideas for their picture.  Some thought of =
food, others of family. Dolls and toys also topped the list.  The =
teacher smiled at the subjects of most of her student’s =


But Douglas =
made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. =
He was the teacher’s true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As =
other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by =
her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad =


Yes, his =
picture was different. He had drawn a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty =


His abstract =
image captured the imagination of his classmates. Whose hand could it =


One child =
guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers grew food. Another =
suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for =
people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. =
And so the discussion went — until the teacher almost forgot the =
young artist himself.


When the =
children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas’ =
desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it =


The little boy =
looked away and muttered, “It’s yours, =


She recalled =
the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as =
she had the other students. How often had she said, “Take my hand, =
Douglas, we’ll go outside.” Or, ”Let me show you how =
to hold your pencil.” Or, “Let’s do this =
together.”  The greatest gift to Douglas was his =
teacher’s hand.


Brushing aside =
a tear, she went on with her work.


Keep reaching =
out, because you may help pull someone out of darkness and guide them =
into the light.



Dr Bob Griffin = =

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"