I have been fascinated by the image of the sheltering hands, and the different circumstances and postures which we bring to our position in those hands. What particularly struck me here was the reality of the hands within hands. I can think of no clearer image of the act of sheltering and nurturing than that of a mother nursing her child. She not only holds, protects and warms the child, but she gives it sustenance from her own body. Even in the reality of her own vulnerability, she finds the strength to hold what she has carried and birthed, giving herself so that it can grow.
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
— Matthew 10:8