Sunday, December 11, 2016


But Moses' hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it.  Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands ere steady until the sun set.  Exodus 17:12

Who held up Hur's hands?

She was the CEO of a leading corporation.  She sat on the boards of city leadership, business consortiums, and the important charities of her community.  When critical decisions needed to be made, when mayors/senators/governors needed a listening ear, she was the one called.   One day, in a conversation in her office, we talked about her responsibilities, her challenges, what it was like to be so close to power, to be a part of the power.  The stresses and strains of being an important player was evident in her face and voice.  At one point, her administrative assistant came in with some papers for her to sign.  As he was leaving, she looked at me and nodding towards him, simply said, "He's the one who holds up my hands."

We all know the folks who advise a country's leader; they are constantly interviewed, chatted up, profiled.  We know the major players in all the political, economic, cultural, religious groups.  They are well-known faces and voices.  We don't use such language, but they are the Hurs of our time.  The ones who make it possible for folks to keep steady and do the work they have been charged to do.

But who looks after Hur; who holds up her hands; who supports him; who stands for them?

We focus so much on those in front of the cameras, at the head tables, in the lead cars of the parades.  And so, we never see the partner who provides the safe haven, the kids who keep the parent
grounded, the neighbors who look after the yard, the friends who keep Hur from getting too big a head.

Who holds up your hands?

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

1 comment:

Mary Gregory said...

The first time I was a "boss" my wise nursing director taught me that, "Yo can't give support if you don't get support". I hope you are getting support, Thom.