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“See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”

God gives her an image of an engraving on his palms, reminding one of a mother who tattoos the names of her children on her heart. The image is meant to encourage us that he not only has not forgotten his people, but he cannot. Having set his heart on them, they never leave his mind. He sees the walls of his holy city in his mind’s eye constantly.

“I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;”

God the Father is a spirit. He has no physical hands, but this is poetic imagery that means he keeps us in his mind by way of a powerful and permanent reminder in himself. It is interesting to note that God the Son would later come and receive more than the engraving on his own hands for the sake of the Church. It was the nail holes in the hands that turned Thomas from his doubting (Jn 20:27).