submitted by Rev. Pauline Crowder
Bowdon Lutheran Church in Bowdon had all kinds of hands on “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday, Sept 7—Creative Hands, Baking Hands, Visiting Hands, Singing Hands, Building Hands, and Yardwork Hands. There was something for everyone. We met early for a 25-minute time of worship, which ended with the blessing of hands that involved marking the sign of the cross upon each other’s hands. Then we scattered—to the kitchen to prepare cookies and cards for delivery; to area nursing homes to visit and join in hymn sings; to a nearby family who needed better access to their house because of illness. My hands got to work with a group who helped at the home of neighbor named Carol. She happens to be a local author and is currently working on several novels. However, she is ably-challenged, and so yardwork and upkeep of the exterior of her home proves impossible for her. Some of our group cleaned windows. Some weeded her flowerbeds. Others removed unnecessary styrofoam at the base of her outside walls. Some of us climbed up on ladders and painted the trim boards on her house. Our crew included all ages, ranging from second grade to retirement age. At the end of the morning, before leaving her home, we got to visit with Carol, to hear a little of her story and even get her book autographed. We were blessed by our laughter and the joy of being together with her.