I have developed an increasing fascination with sign language. Its so fun to learn! I first became interested in ASL back in high school. I learned a few things.... which I don't remember now...then again in college- I wanted to learn sign. I never took the class but I got the book from the bookstore. I didn't learn much. The 18 year old me would hate to hear me admit it.... but I wasn't very mature. So I didn't commit.
Well, I got older and had children and it turns out that sign language expedites the development of verbal language. So my interest in ASL ( American Sign Language) peaked again. Im now on my way to knowing as much sign as I know Spanish. Hablo un poco Espanol. ( eventually I would like to return to learning Spanish and to learn it fluently. Whenever it stops being frustrating...long story. Another post).
Anyway...the sign for Jesus is pretty cool. You take the middle finger of your dominate hand and tap it to the palm of your other hand. Reverse hands and repeat. This symbolizes the nails in His hands. Isn't that neat! I think so.
Here is something interesting, the sign for mother is made my touching the thumb of your dominate hand to your chin, palm open, fingers spread. Same for father, but its done on the forehead. Signifying that the patriarch is head of the home. The sign for God is an open hand, as with mom and dad, gestured up above your forehead, starting down in front of your chin. Signifying that God is higher than both. The ultimate patriarch. These are my observations. Not anything I was told or read. I find it fascinating!
The sign for faith is intriguing as well. You point to your forehead with your index finger (dominant hand). Your nondominant hand is in a fist at chest level. Bring the dominant hand down to the other, making a fist as they touch. Its an interesting sign. You begin pointing at your temple and end with both hands in front of your heart. To me this symbolizes how faith requires us to do a little less thinking and a little more trusting. Having faith means accepting that we wont always have all the answers. We won't always see a way. But we trust in Him.
A very cool sign.
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