Daddy Hold You

“Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Thessalonians 4:18

The Lord reminded me yesterday as I was playing with my grand daughter of the power of comforting words of truth in the midst of sorrow and fear. As a grandparent I have the joy of watching one of our youngest grandchildren almost every Monday while her parents work. During the course of my grand daughter Quinn’s day she will out of nowhere will say to me, “daddy hold you” which translated means she wants her daddy to hold her which is not feasible at that moment due to the fact he is at work. She will get a look of sadness on her face as she repeats the sentence a few times.

I usually pick her up and hold her in my arms which isn’t good enough for her as she will repeat the words, “daddy hold you” again. I begin by saying, “Opa hold you” and she will respond, “daddy hold you” and then I will say, “daddy’s at work but he will be here in a little bit.” Sometimes that’s all it takes is a reminder that her daddy will be here soon to hold her. Then I will say, “Opa tickle you” and she starts to laugh and crisis has once again been avoided.

The apostle Paul wrote two letters to encourage the young church in Thessalonica. One of the reasons he wrote his letters to begin with was to address the sorrow that some families in the church were experiencing as they were separated from their loved ones who were not just away at work but who had died and were no longer living. Talk about feeling isolated, thinking they would never see their loved ones again, the apostle Paul wrote to bring the church comfort reminding them like I seek to comfort my grand daughter by reminding her, “daddy will be here soon.”

Maybe you are living in fear today due to the uncertainties of life and the times in which we live due to this most recent virus to plague mankind. Just as the apostle Paul sought to bring comfort to a church dealing with their own sorrows and fears I want to encourage you today, loved one, reminding you of the hope we find in God’s Word in that “daddy will be here soon” so to speak. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 reminds us that there is a day coming, that the best days of our lives are still in front of us not behind as the apostle Paul penned these words, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

There is comfort in the Word of God, loved one, there is comfort in the Lord! Don’t lose sight of the hope we have in Jesus today, and for sure don’t let the enemy isolate you from the peace of God that He offers to those who will receive it as the gift that it is.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again…”

John 14:27-28


Michael Osthimer





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