John Wesley Said the Hand Is Very Beautiful
John Wesley and a preacher-friend of plain habits were once invited to dinner where the hosts daughter, noted for her beauty, had been profoundly impressed by Wesleys preaching. During a pause in the meal, Wesleys friend took the young womans hand and called attention to the sparkling rings she wore. “What do you think of this, sir, for a Methodist hand?” the girl turned crimson. Wesley likewise was embarrassed, for his aversion to jewelry was only too well known. But with a benevolent smile, he simply said, “The hand is very beautiful.”
Wesleys remark both cooled the too-hot water poured by his friend, and made the foot-washing gentle. The young woman appeared at the evening service without her jewels, and became a strong Christian.