This past week I cared for a baby who wanted to be held. The baby is experiencing a long stay awaiting repair of a tracheoesophageal fistula and esophageal atresia. While nursing care was a necessity, so was a little TLC (tender, love and care). I spent two days singing, playing pat-a-cake, and even giving a wagon ride. But if I did one thing, it was quite simple, just hold. The same intervention was applied to a baby across the hall who had been made NPO after being on full feeds. That little one was almost inconsolable, except when swaddled and held. Yesterday morning, our third child, Caden woke up and came downstairs. With his sleepy head, he went straight to his Daddy sitting in the recliner, and opened his arms. At six years old there was no better way to start the morning than in his Daddy’s arms being held.
All of this reminded me of when our daughter was little. She picked up on a phrase that derived from a question we asked her frequently. We would ask, “Do you want me to hold you?” Therefore, when she started communicating her needs to us, she would hold her arms up and say, “Hold you.”
I don’t believe we ever outgrow the need for that peaceful comforting feeling we get from being held. There have been countless times in my life that I needed to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit hold me, and I did. And it is because of this beautiful day, this Resurrection Day that I have felt the Lord’s embrace.
In John 14 verses 15-21 Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
Our Heavenly Father has such an overwhelming love for us. And He wants to hold us… every day. We are not alone. We are not orphans. It’s our choice to start our day like my little Caden did with his Dad; to go straight to our Father with arms open wide and soak up that peace, and love and comfort He so freely gives.
Be blessed as you feel Him “hold you.”
~~~ a worship song that so beautifully expresses our desire to be close to our God~~~
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