Between the Lines: Easter 3: April 22, 2012

Text:  Luke 24:36b-48

Hand and foot prints

Hand and foot prints (Photo credit: Irregular Shed)

He said to them, “Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.

If you are in a small group suggest that the participants divide into pairs and sit down across from one another a bit away from the group. In silence have them in turn take the hands of the other to inspect, explore, and feel. Give it time so people can get over the initial embarrassment. No talking. Bring the group back together and invite each person to say what it was like to hold and examine the hands of their partner.

What might they have learned about their partner that they had not known before. What did it feel like when doing it? Feel like having the other hold your hand? What did you discover about yourself in either role? How might the experiment have tilted or changed the relationship between the two of you?

If this does not work for your group, simply suggest that each sometime that day do such a thing with someone in their life – friend, spouse, child, lover, colleague. Same questions to ponder.

– Bill Dols


“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to www.educationalcenter.org.
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