C a t e g o r i e s

Pick someone up      

People who know me know that I'm a very focused person when I'm working on

something. Except when it comes to the most distracting person I know - my

little granddaughter. She's only one-plus-years old, but there is just no way

to resist her when she comes my way, pulls herself up by my pant leg, stretches

her arms my direction, makes her cute little noises and irresistible faces

virtually begging me to pick her up. Hey, I'm not the only one, or I'd get

nothing done when she's around. No, she's that way with other family members;

reaching out to be held. And our arms are always open.

Well, I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about

"Hungry to be Held."

Sadly, my granddaughter's quest for someone to hold her is a picture of

someone who's listening today. Except open arms have been hard to find. And

when you do, it seems like sooner or later you lose even those who do give you

some of the love and attention you need. Sometimes, you pay a price that's too

high to get someone to be there for you. Making you vulnerable to being used,
being hurt - a mistake that may be all too familiar to you.

I can't forget these children we met at a hospital in Haiti, hospitalized

early in life because they have tuberculosis or AIDS. We played with them, sang

with them, and read to them, knowing that they probably didn't understand a

word of our English. But as we got ready to leave, the children surrounded us

and called out, over and over again, two words they did know in English, "Hold

me. Hold me." We gave one last hug, but we couldn't hold them. We had to move

on.

The cry of those precious Haitian children is a fundamental cry of every human

heart - "Hold me!" But there aren't many hugs that last. Even for those of us

who have had someone who really has loved us and made us feel secure, there's

still this strange love deficit inside. There's never enough love. We need

someone who will always hold us, who will never let us go, who will never go

away. We were made for that kind of love. But we've reached the wrong direction

to find the one hug that will always be there. We've been reaching around us to

other people. But to find the one we were made to be held by, we need to look

up.

Listen to God's words, describing the kind of relationship He wants to have

with you. "The Lord your God is with you ... He will take great delight in you,

He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing" (Zephaniah 3:17).

Intimate love, infinite love, and expensive love. Except God

paid the price for it. In Isaiah 49:15-16, our word for today from the Word of

God, He says: "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no

compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget
you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands."

For Jesus, that engraving is the nail prints in His hands from the day He died

to pay for your sins so you could be forgiven. So you could belong to the one

whose love you were made for. Because He walked out of His grave, He's alive -

offering you the greatest love in the universe. But one-way love doesn't make a

relationship. He's waiting to hold you, but you have to reach for Him.

God says that means putting your total trust in Jesus to be your personal

rescuer from the death penalty for your sins. The wall that's been between you

and God comes down when you tell Him, "I'm Yours." Ultimately, your hunger to

be held is a hunger for Him. If you want to begin that personal relationship

with Him, let me send you my booklet Yours For Life. It's about starting with

Him. Just let me know you want it.

You are very, very close to experiencing the love that you have been looking

for so very long.

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