o Hold You
by Jo Huddleston
When my grandchildren began to string words into sentences, they sometimes twisted their intended messages. This resulted in scrambled meanings between what they thought and what they actually said.
The most captivating of their confused statements came when they were in need of comfort or simply wanted companionship. They would entreat me with outstretched arms and pleading eyes, saying, “I need to hold you.” I welcomed this opportunity to draw them close, to kiss scraped knees or elbows, to give words of encouragement and love.
My grandchildren meant something other than what they actually said. But they had learned that when they voiced the words, “I need to hold you,” someone would hold them. That was their goal. What they really thought, but could not verbalize, was, “Hold me, please. I need for you to make it better.”
I recognize myself in their behavior. When my daddy died, I was left spiritually puzzled. Instead of dealing with my loss, I locked my sorrow and anger inside, choosing to battle the pain alone. Friends and relatives offered support, but I wouldn’t embrace their attempts to cheer me. Months later I still could not get through a workday or sit through a Sunday morning church service without unwilling tears streaming down my face.
Then I reached out to God. I spilled out my sorrow, together with my pent-up anger, unloading the entire bundle onto God. He opened his loving arms to me and I moved toward him, feeling the balm of his perfect love blanket my grief.
Like my grandchildren, I needed to share my hurts with someone who would give me unconditional love. My grandchildren trusted that I would help erase their troubles.
I can take my burdens to God and tell him, “I need to hold you.” Then, in the same way that I gathered my grandchildren into my arms, God sustains me, giving hope and consolation.
Have you experienced the unconditional love God offers? Read his words in the Bible and talk with him in prayer. Let God help you carry your burdens. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” –Psalm 55:22, NIV
AUTHOR BIO – Jo Huddleston:
Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me are sweet Southern historical romances. She is a member of ACFW. Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren. Visit Jo at www.johuddleston.com.
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Book Description for Wait for Me:
Can Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, escape the binds of their socioeconomic backgrounds? Set in a coal mining community in West Virginia in the 1950s, can their love survive their cultural boundaries?
This is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie. The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life. Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?
Bonus from Jo:
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