16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; The image of this is rather special. We are portrayed as a little baby, engraved on the palm of a hand. Not just any hand-God's hand and it is this image that helps us understand that God cares and nurtures us from the time we are born. We are cared for and nurtured to help us be our best and reach our full potential. God has not done this work alone. God's spirit moves in and through us and has even come to us in human form. He has come to us in the person of Jesus Christ who has shown us how to be God's helper in this sometimes difficult and scary world of ours. It is nice to know that we have an example to follow and this poem especially reminds us that we are not alone. The following poem tells us that Jesus supports us no matter the circumstances:
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?"
The Lord replied,
"The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you."
As Christ is to his followers, so we are to each other. We are God's hands and feet in the world nurturing caring and helping people who are a little out of their depth. Year 12, your experience has shown you that people are there to help you achieve your best, now you are charged with following in the footsteps of Christ by helping years 6 and 7 students by mentoring, just as you were helped in your first days at Kormilda. Years 6 and 7, this is a new experience for you and at times you might feel lost and alone. You are charged with taking courage in both your hands and asking for help when you need it. Go with God in the love of Jesus Christ and have a wonderful first year at Kormilda College.