Heart in Hand (Shaker Heart in Hand)

The Heart in Hand, an image of a heart in an open palm, is an easily recognizable symbol in the North Eastern US. This cheerful, welcoming image originated with the Shakers and is found on crafts, signs, and even cookies. The symbol is a pictoral reminder of the words of Mother Ann Lee, the founder of the Shaker sect, who promoted a simple life of hard work and spirituality, “Put you hands to work, and your hearts to God.” The image is typical of the Shaker attitude, and implies also a loving welcome.

A heart in hand has also been in use for about a hundred years as a symbol of the Order of Odd Fellows, an early Fraternal Order. These commonly display three linked rings representing friendship, love, and truth. A similar symbol used in Masonry represents charity.

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Wanda Ruth Umstead April 22, 2017 at 4:39 am

Trying to retire for the night and I thought of this heart in hand symbol. I wondered what it meant, so I googled it. The pictorial symbol came to me year ago on my Christian journey when I was give the opportunity to work as the Day Care Director of my local church; that was the ‘greatest’ job I had–early intervention. Even though, I have been working in my church for years, it has come to my attention that I need to and must do so much more. I have always worked hard; but last year I learned some self revealing things re: my character & what could be hindering my Christian growth & development. thus, I am on a self improvement campaign before I can minister to
others.

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