Monday, January 19, 2009

The Errand Of Angels

My Sister’s Hands

My sister’s hands are fair and white. My sister’s hands are dark.
My sister’s hands are touched with age, or by the years unmarked.
And often when I pray for strength to live as He commands,
The Father sends me sustenance, through my sister’s hands.
My sister’s hands are lined and worn with burdens of their own.
And yet, I know should I mourn, I need not weep alone.
For often as I seek His grace to lighten life’s demands
The Father sends me solace borne in my sister’s hands.
My sister’s hands, compassion’s tools, that teach my own their art,
Witnesses of charity within the human heart,
Bearers of the Savior’s love and mercy unto man
I have felt the “Master’s Touch” through my sister’s hands.
(Author unknown)

Being the youngest of four girls, I have always had sisters around me. I didn’t always appreciate that fact. All my friends had cute brothers that bullied and protected them. I ended up with sisters to contend with. Whether it was fighting over chores, borrowing clothes without asking, (That was a HUGE no-no) or phone privileges, we found more ways to get on each other’s nerves, and get each other in trouble, that you would wonder if there was even any love between us. Oh, but there was. We actually had some great times. Looking back now, we all talk and laugh over the silly antics we were always up to.
The things we put our parents through…

Years later, I sit here and think of each sister, with the fondest of memories. I don’t think there has been a time I have appreciated them or felt more blessed to have them in my life as I do now.
Maybe it comes with age and therefore, experience, but I finally see just how blessed I am to have my sister’s around me.
I must say, we are all different from each other as night and day but I don’t have a single doubt in my mind that if I ever needed one of them, they would be there for me. Sometimes they are there for me, without my even asking. I am amazed that they always know when I need them the most.
They have helped me through some of the toughest times of my life.
How can I ever express my love and gratitude to them for being there, all the many times I desperately needed them?

I want to include all my other sisters, my sisters inside and outside of the Gospel. I am overwhelmed by the generous hearts of my good sisters who lift me up when I am down, who extend themselves to help me face the unknown when I am afraid, those who have had the patience to help me learn a new skill- maybe not because I have the talent, but because I have the desire. There have been those who care enough about my feelings and my family’s well being that they will sacrifice their time and talents to comfort us when we are heartbroken or weary, when we are discouraged they do all they can to make us happy. What wonderful sisters!

I love the song, “As sisters in Zion” The second verse says:

“The errand of angels is given to women
And this is a gift that as sister’s we claim:
To do whatsoever is gentle and human,
To cheer and to bless in humanity’s name”

I can’t help but be thankful for all the angels in my life. I somehow manage to
Keep them constantly on their errands, but I have to say my life is rich because of them.
Though I try to show my appreciation, I know I will never have the words to express my heartfelt love and gratitude, so it is my hope and prayer that my Father in Heaven will bless them for their efforts.
It is also my humble prayer that as I have had so many wonderful examples to follow, that I can show my gratitude in return by being the kind of sister that so many have been to me.


Cheri J. Crane said...

Great blog, Jeri. =) I agree, sisters are wonderful. I was blessed with two biological sisters, four wonderful sisters-in-law, and numerous sisters of the heart who keep me going.

Gale Sears said...

Lovely sentiments, Jeri. I too have sisters only and life was very interesting. I know they will be by my side the moment I'm in need, because it's happened many times in the past. I loved the picture! It made me laugh so hard. My sister's and I had hairdo's just like your oldest sister. Hysterical!