The Kissing Hand

by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff

I have been trying to sort through things and give them away. I have the hardest time, though, giving books away. Each one has a message for me and a story behind each story, so my shelves get more and more full as I stack and double stack my bookshelves. My son Jeff is just as bad. He also can’t give books away. He has some wonderful volumes from his childhood that neither of us wants to give away. One such book is The Kissing Hand.

It’s the story of Chester Raccoon, who was afraid to start his first day of school and wanted to stay home, safe with his mother. She tells him how much fun he will have in school, meeting new friends, swinging on swings, and learning new things. Plus, she tells him she has a secret to make school feel as safe and cozy as home. “It’s a very old secret called the Kissing Hand.”

You can probably guess what happens. Mother Raccoon opens Chester’s little paw and kisses it. Chester feels the kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart. His mother tells him that whenever he feels lonely or afraid, he needs to simply press the palm of his hand to his face, and he will feel the safety and love of home. Chester goes to school knowing that his mother’s love will always be with him. But, before he leaves, he kisses his mother on her palm so she would feel the love and safety, as well.

Isn’t this the same promise God is giving us? There has never been a moment when the loving Hands of God have not been holding us; it is time that we recognize this so it can be experienced.

In the text of A Course in Miracles, there is a section entitled “The Call for Faith.” It tells us that when we have faith in God (love), we awaken not only a strength in us but also in others. Our faith that the healing answer will be found for ourselves, as well as all who walk this world with us, is how true transformation begins. We will leave behind the shackles of the past because we are focusing on the answer instead of the problem. Every great achievement in the annals of history was accomplished not by those who focused on the failures but by those who learned from their seeming failures and used them to find the solution. The Wright brothers did not achieve flight by being afraid or feeling like failures when an airplane prototype crashed.

Every day, we face the world with a choice: whether to experience love or fear. One is all-encompassing (love), and the other does not exist. We have given our illusion of fear a lot of power over us, but illusions only have the power we give them. We don’t need to fight back against fear thoughts, we just need to look at them and find them wanting. After all, we each have a “kissing hand” that has been given to us by God, and that truth can never be extinguished by a lie. Let God’s Answer ignite our hearts.

Open your hand right now and look at your palm. God has placed a kiss there to remind you of His infinite love and faith that you will awaken to your power as a Holy Child of God and release the blocks (fears) to the awareness of love’s presence. Now, put your palm to your cheek and feel the love of God, which is your strength and safety, and then go share that with the world!

“And so we walk with Him from this time on, and turn to Him for guidance and for peace and sure direction. Joy attends our way. For we go homeward to an open door which God has held unclosed to welcome us.” (W-Ep.5:5)

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