Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Hand Song

I hadn't heard of Nickle Creek until my friend, Rick, suggested I listen to this song.  I love Rick's tastes in music because they are kinda ADHD.  :)  And so it's fun to hear what his playlists are spinning out from day to day. 
Nickle Creek is kind of bluegrass but modern.  I actually listened in on another song of theirs and that will probably show up before the 365 ends.  This song is really good lyrically.  They draw a good word picture and it seems that, besides their musical abilities, Nickle Creek excels at drawing word pictures. 
In today's song the picture is of scarred hands.  They use the scarred hands of Jesus to connect to some ways that we can be the hands of Jesus.  And they way they do it is with a subtlety that grows to an obvious awareness.  This song grew in popularity, or so I gather from comments and such, due to the 3rd verse in which a military man is used as one of the examples of scarred hands.  But I like the song for the overall message.  The scarred hands of Jesus symbolize something important.  He sacrificed himself for you and for me.  And he asks us to be an extension of him and risk scarring our hands on the behalf of others.   Surely if Jesus gave his very life for us we can sacrifice part of our day, our week, or our month for others.  Surely. 

The Hand Song

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