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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
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
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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