I've been thinking a lot about hands, especially the hands that I long to hold. Because of the pandemic, hands are for one primary action: washing. We sing Happy Birthday or say the Lord's Prayer to help us know when we've thoroughly washed our hands. If they're not raw and cracked, we're not doing our job.
With this focus on cleanliness, our hands have been forced to give up human touch. We don't pass the peace in person; we don't shake hands with neighbors we meet when we're out and about...because we're not supposed to be out and about...and even if we are, we cross the sidewalk to avoid our neighbors. We keep our hands clean and away from our faces to slow the spread of the virus.
One of our church members shared with me how much she