Hope Is Only On His Hands

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His trembling hands were resting on the arm part of the wheelchair. He was just brought to the county’s ER because of his chest pain. Upon arrival, he changed his mind and signed an “AMA” [against medical advice]. Those same hands that committed big robberries and other crimes were now weakened by his cancer that metastasized all over his body organs.

Nearby, an upset deputy who took his time to escort him to the ambulance, carefully removed the chains around his ankles, with his gloved hands. Same hands that would be ready to protect the staff from disrespectful inmates.

Nurses were busy typing with their weary hands. Both of them obviously upset why this inmate refused the treatment when they knew that he was very fragile when it came to his health.

I took a box of tissue with my tired hands, too. Tired from helping our medical secretaries with paperworks that were piling up for them. I took a few, thin tissues and gave it to this inmate to wipe out the tears slowly forming in his blurry eyes.

“I’m sorry, Ma’am. I had to sign an AMA. I didn’t want to miss my first visit today,” he softly uttered.

“You have the right to refuse, Sir,” I replied. “It’s just hard because there is no doctor here around this time. That’s why they needed to send you to ER.” “I’ll have our jail doctor see you in the morning.”

He slowly pushed the wheels forward with his aged hands. Trying to have the same rhythm to make the wheelchair go faster. Until the big metal door closed behind him...

Our hands tell so much about us. They tell life’s adventures. They gain victories. They cause failures. They help. They create. They bless.

It is known that we can live for 40 days without food, 3 days without water, and 8 minutes without air. But we cannot live one second without hope. When the disciples heard that Jesus died, fear replaced their hope. Until Jesus came back - alive from the dead! And He comforted them by showing His hands and feet. Thomas missed the resurrection and would not believe if he wouldn’t see and feel [John 20:25]. But a week later, Jesus appeared again and Thomas was there in that room. And Jesus said [John 20:27]:

“Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

And Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord, my God!” [John 20:28]

Hope…that never dies…is on Jesus’ hands… "Just believe!"

35 comments:

  1. I'm so grateful that God is real and my hope in Him is never disappointed. May my heart and hands always be used in loving Him and reaching out to others with His love.

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  2. This video is so powerful!Your post today touched my heart like always. My the Lord be with you as you see so many different things in your line of work.
    God Bless,
    Ginger

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  3. Oh, how I'm moved by your words and this video!
    Thank you and God bless you!

    Myra

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  4. Oh, what a beautiful way of putting it! Truth!!! He is the air we breathe!
    Wylie

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  5. I am so thankful for hope. Some days it seems it is all I have. This is a very powerful message...I think my favorite so far! You are such an encourager and have a big heart. Can I ask a question? Have you always wanted to be a nurse? How did you end up working in the jail?

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  6. I love all of your posts Rosel. What would we be without hope? There is always hope in Jesus.

    God's richest blessings to you and your family.

    Love!
    Beth

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  7. That was a powerful video Rosel! Hope is in His hands!!! Praying for you to have a wonderfully blessed 2010!!

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  8. What a powerful post! Our hope rests in Jesus and Jesus alone. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. What an interesting post and powerful video. I always look forward to reading about your experiences. I'm so glad you share them with us.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  10. Such wise and encouraging thoughts for us for this new year.

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  11. Great message and powerful, powerful video. Thanks for posting.

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  12. We can't live one second without hope ... that is a powerful line. I've seen hope sustain people in some incredibly horrible circumstances, and they did come through it b/c they had hope. You are right. How miserable life would be if we didn't have hope in the one who can/will deliver us. Good post.

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  13. @ sister Beth: Thank you for your interest. I wanted to be an architect. Then, wanted to be a doctor. Then, to become a nurse was the shortest step to help out people. I worked in an Orthopedic hospital for many years. Until a puzzling neck injury caused me to not be able to work in a hospital setting anymore. God took me to prison. And everything made sense when I started looking back. Those times that the doctor wanted me to get out of Nursing, the Lord had a different plan for me. My neck pain is not as bad anymore as soon as I started working in the prison. It's not about the financial gain anymore. It's about doing work for His Kingdom. God bless you sister. When you are walking in the darkest valley, always think...maybe the Lord has a bigger plan for you.

    Thank you to all of you who always come here and encourage me. God bless you and I pray for His richest blessings to be showered upon all of you this new year.

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  14. I can't imagine my life without the hope that Jesus brings me each and every day. I'm grateful for your challenging post and praising God for all the hope He provides.

    Hugs,
    Mary

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  15. Reading your wonderful post, I just realized that one day I will place my hand in the physical hand of Jesus. That is an awesome thought.

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  16. Awesome post!!
    Thank you for your love and prayers. I deeply appreciate having you storm the heavens with me.
    Blessings, andrea

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  17. You know what is so wonderful? Our savior came back just for this man because he loved him so much. I didnt want him to live without. What a beautiful story.

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  18. HOPE !!! It does sustain us doesn't it my friend! Hope in Jesus is such a gift and I am so blessed by you every time I visit! I know you bring hope to so many and the Lord moves in you so powerfully! Thank you Rosel for being you ~ wonderful YOU ♥

    I love you

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  19. Amen Sis,
    Hope, where would we be without it!!! How powerful this four letter word is. The meaning even more powerful. And the God we serve so faithful for he is our hope, hope for a world filled with those who are ready to just give up. Wonderful post sis and many need to read this, and I pray that through this post the hopeless souls in this world will once again have the will to live again.

    Hugz Lorie

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  20. Hope is only in His hands! I am so touched by this post, because hope is one of my struggles that I have to contend with. Thank you dear one, for another fantastic post. Blessings and hugs!

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  21. "we can live for 40 days without food, 3 days without water, and 8 minutes without air. But we cannot live one second without hope" Powerful message...thank you for sharing this.

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  22. Hope , that probably sums up what the will to live actually is . Jesus is Hope fulfilled .He is our reason for living . That was a beautiful post & video. Your real life illustrations of truths are so powerful,You should write a book.
    Blessings& Happy New Year,
    ~Myrna

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  23. This was an incredible post and such an awesome and powerful video. I am always so blessed when I visit you. Hope is soo very important in our lives. Blessing to you, Debbie

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  24. This is such a beautiful and deeply moving post. Thank you. God bless your 2010.

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  25. That is just beautiful, Dear, thank you. Blessings ~

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  26. Oh yes - His hand forgave them all.

    Blessings to you this New year!
    Lori

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  27. Such an awesome post! I was so blessed by your thoughts and the video just touched me so. Thank you for sharing,
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  28. This was a very strong and thought provoking post - thank you. I pray that my hands will always be used to glorify Him.
    Love to you.
    Kelly

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  29. This was beautiful....loved every word, Rosel.

    Happy New Year, my friend!

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  30. I really love your stories. I hope you are collecting them and planning to publish them. They are just great!

    Happy New Year!

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  31. Hi Rosel,
    I am always encouraged by your posts. They are so full of hope and letting others know of the power of Jesus in your own life. Thank you for sharing with us today.

    Blessings,
    Jean

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  32. Amen! In His presence there is joy forever more.
    Our only hope hope of glory!

    Wonderful video. Thank you for sharing.
    God bless you always!

    Regina

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  33. Thank you for this post. Happy New Year.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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