The first thing I did as each of my daughters was birthed was to take them in my arms, hold them tightly, kiss them all over, over and over again, and tell them how much very much I loved them and always, always would. And I did. And I do. And I will. Even in my imperfection. They are my precious children. Loved beyond explanation. Loved no matter what.

Ahhhhhh…how beautiful it is that we can trust our Heavenly Abba to love us perfectly. Beyond explanation. No matter what. How good it is for us to know that we always have a safe place for our souls, for all that we are – in all our frailty and in all our fierceness – to be loved generously and held tightly. Our Abba opens His Holy arms to us offering His powerful, protective love and reassurance of His presence. There is nothing that can limit Abba’s arms reach as He reaches out to us. There is nothing that can tire Abba’s arms while holding us. They are everlasting. As is the love, shelter, peace and strength Abba holds out for us to receive and be held by – right here, right now.

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.        Deuteronomy 33:27

We get tired. We’re limited in our power to fix or control all of the hard and unwanted stuff in our lives. We throw up our arms in frustration and disgust.  We give up on our circumstances. We give up on people. We keep people at arms’ length. Maybe because we’re afraid of being hurt or rejected. Maybe because we’re just too prideful to let anyone know what’s really going on inside us and inside our (im)perfect world. Maybe because we’re just too self-centered to really care about others.

Our Abba really cares. Instead of throwing up His arms in frustration and disgust at the hardness of our hearts or the depth of our hurts, our Lord Jesus stretched His everlasting arms along the length of a wooden beam to die for our sins and our sorrows. The exact and perfect length to fully reach from Heaven to earth and bring us fully and forever into our Abba’s arms.

Abba’s everlasting arms are always open wide with His love that will never fail us, with His grace that will never reject us and with His strength that can never be destroyed! So snuggle in, Darlin’s, and be held, healed and given hope! And, then, offer your own growing-in-Christ-likeness arms to others. No matter what.