Sunday, March 19, 2017

God's Hug

The other night the stresses in my life overwhelmed me.  They overwhelmed me to the point that at 2 o'clock in the morning I found myself sitting at my dining room table with a cup of tea and my Bible instead of sleeping in my bed.  So many questions and worries were running thru my head that my brain just refused to shut off and let me sleep.  I thought of my dad, gone now over 20 years, and how, when I was a young girl, his tight bear hugs and the smell of his Old Spice aftershave made every worry just disappear.  Oh, how I missed that.  I called to him quietly at 2am and hoped he would hear me from heaven and send me some comfort.  I opened my Bible searching for the words of my heavenly Father that would bring me peace and found myself reading the words in Isaiah 41:13,

 "For I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'"

As I read His words, I felt a comforting warmth spread over me as if two strong arms had wrapped me in a protective hug.  I knew then that I could sleep and that the worries that had kept me awake would work themselves out with His help.  I am convinced that my cry for help was heard and that both my earthly father and my heavenly Father came to my rescue.


  1. Ellen, this was very, very beautiful. I've never read that verse before, but I can imagine the comfort it gave you when you needed it most. It is true that God is only a prayer away.

    I will remember you on my Rosary beads tonight.


    1. Thank you. You are always in my prayers each night.

  2. One day, God will show me the number of crossings I've made safely due to your prayers. The God who told you of His love through Isaiah 41:13. The same God who spoke to me one broken day ten years ago, also through Isaiah....Isaiah 54:10 ~ Though the mountains be moved, and the hills depart, My love will never depart from you.

    Pressing you to the heart of Jesus, Ellen.