The Best Ignatian Songs: The Palm of Your Hand

“We should not fix our desires on health or sickness, wealth or poverty, success or failure, a long life or a short one,” writes Ignatius Loyola at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises.  Our one desire should be to “choose what better leads to God’s deepening life in me.”

That’s the basic idea of “The Palm of Your Hand,” a winsome song in the country style.

I’d rather be in the palm of Your hand
Though rich or poor I may be
Faith can see right through the circumstance
Sees the forest in spite of the trees
Your grace provides for me.

Complete lyrics are here.

The song belongs to Alison Krauss and Union Station.  It was written by Ron Block, who plays the guitar in this performance.


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Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

4 Comments on The Best Ignatian Songs: The Palm of Your Hand

  1. Dear Brother (?) Jim, I don’t know what yor title is, because I can’t find a bio on you. Anyway, thanks so much for the music. I hope you’ll keep posting about music, because I want to collect some songs I can play and sing with my guitar…. very meditative. Thanks so much! Blessings, Sara

  2. I was just exploring the website a little, and I noticed this isn’t “filed” under “Ignatian Songs.” Just thought it might have been overlooked!

    Also…not sure where to say this… but I wish there was a thread or threads where we could actually dialogue with one another. It would feel more like community.

    Thanks for all you do here! Wonderful postings!

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