“His right hand doth embrace me.”
Song of Solomon 2: 6
King James Version
“Embrace” – To encircle. To include. To encompass.
“Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.”
Psalm 73: 23-24
New International Version
What do I think of when I hear the word “embrace?”
“In His love God clothes us, enfolds and embraces us; that tender love completely surrounds us, never to leave us.”
Julian of Norwich
In the United States, in November, we celebrate a day called “Thanksgiving.” I want to share with you the single greatest thing I’m thankful for – and it is the unfathomable love of my heavenly Father. No matter what else happens in my life each day, knowing I have an eternal love on which I can count come what may, the truth and vastness of this reality, has for me, become the stabilizing factor which supports my life during the good days and especially, during turbulent days.
This is why, over the next six days, we will explore the ways our Father embraces us in His unconditional love.
Awarded as the “Song of the Year” in 1991 and popularized by Bette Midler, the melodious ballad, “From a Distance” became subject to interpretation by listeners who were analyzing God’s role on planet earth. Many individuals noted, after hearing this song, that God was portrayed as an out-of-touch figure in the sky – looking down on us from His lofty perch. High above our daily problems He could keep at arm’s length, the difficulties we face as He only serves as an observer to all the chaos.
If this view of God were the reality I had to face everyday – how desperate life would be. Sadly, there are many individuals who do believe that “the Spirit in the Sky” is only there looking down in some detached way – never really entering the real world of my real life.
This week, I hope that, together, we will get a much more intimate view of our Heavenly Father. In order to do this, we will focus on the word, “embrace.” In Hebrew, this word is used to mean “clasp.” The first thing I thought of was a clasp on a watch or bracelet or necklace. It is the element that is designed to hold something together. In the New Testament, in Greek, this is exactly how the word “embrace” is used. It means to “bring a union.” However, the Greek definition is even more expansive by defining an embrace as “enfolding in your arms.” A beautiful way to bring two individuals into union – into a circle of love.
Over the next few days, we aren’t going to get into some deep theological discussion on what God looks like – does He have a nose or toes? Instead, we will to dig into God’s Word for His Words. We are going to explore to find out what God says, Himself, about His emotional attachment and physical affection for us. We will learn how God tells us He “embraces” us.
Here’s a short preview of what we will cover in our devotional study all this week. Why not call and invite a family member or friend to come to the Garden during this week.
Tuesday: How God embraces me with His watchfulness.
Wednesday: How God embrace me with His protection.
Thursday: How God embraces me with His comfort.
Friday: How God embraces me with His support.
Saturday: How God embraces me with His remembrance.
Sunday: How God embraces me forever.
My prayer is that during this week of “gratitude” and “thanksgiving” no matter how far away you feel God is and no matter if others say He doesn’t care, you will realize God is with you. He sees you. He hears you. And most of all, He loves you.
“God hugs you.
You are encircled
by the arms
of the mystery of God.
Hildegard of Bingen
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”
Deuteronomy 33: 27
New International Version
“We cannot fall beneath the arms of God. However low we fall, they are still underneath us.”
P.S. Just to let you know, Transformation Garden is now on FACEBOOK. Please come and see us and share the garden with your friends. The Daily Devotional is posted everyday, Monday through Friday on Facebook, too.
My book, When A Woman Meets Jesus, is available wherever books are sold and on the internet at www.amazon.com, and www.Christianbook.com, or by calling toll-free, 1-800-Christian. You may also call Transformation Garden at 480-281-1508.
For more from Dorothy, please visit transformationgarden.com.