I've never had a favorite bible verse until I was in my 40's. I found myself in a Christian bookstore looking for something that would help me feel God's presence during a very difficult time in my life. I came away with a silver cross that lies on my end table with the verse written above engraved on it.
Does it bring me comfort? Yes, actually it does when I happen to look at it. I keep meaning to put it in place I will see it more frequently. I've now decided to keep it by my computer as I find myself here every day.
The picture I invision when I read that verse warms me to my soul. I don't see hands, but I feel a sort of invisible blanket around me. I feel protected and loved, and I feel sense of worth that at times is hard for me to come by. I feel connected to the world around me.
When I look at the moon, watch a bird soar, hear water splash on rocks or children's laughter, watch a lightning storm, listen to music, stare in awe at an artist's painting, read a beautiful poem, smell flowers, feel the touch of someone I love I also feel more "a part of". More connected. Less alone. Closer to God. It's wonderful.
I pray I find this feeling more often. I will try to quiet my mind long enough to let it reach me.