OUTSTRETCHED ARMS



“Up, Oma, up,” and his arms seemed to say
“Carry me, hold me, let me cuddle awhile.
I’ve played long enough 
with these toys on the floor!”
I lift him up with a hug and a smile.


My arms open wide for a loving embrace.
He stays but a minute, secure once again.
Then he slips off my lap, his new world a’ waiting
But he makes time for a hug now and then.


When as my Father’s child, I go to Him in prayer
I, too, stretch my arms up, wanting Him near.
He carries me, calms me, comforts, and heals.
I tell Him I love Him; I have no more fear.


He holds me and I get a different perspective.
I’m safe, protected, here nothing can harm.
The world with its toys will soon enough beckon!
All my needs are met in His Almighty Arm.


Oft though, like a child, I still do wrong
I’m not yet mature, full-grown, or complete.
I say ‘no’ when it’s clear that His way is the best,
And my stubborn pride won’t admit to defeat.


He’s a good Father; He’s patient and waits,
As I learn the lesson of faith for today.
The sooner I give Him complete control,
I’ll run and be happy along my life’s way.


I have also learned to hold my arms high
In total surrender, to yield my own way.
Like a soldier, I’m conquered, I give up the fight
I submit, stop my struggling, resisting, and obey.


Again I’ve been captured by His unfailing love.
He surrounds me in mercy and wonderful grace.
Once, and for all, on the Calvary Cross
He stretched out His Arms in a loving embrace.


Karin Ristau  
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4 comments:

C said...

Yes, He is our Father. :)

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Thank-you for this most fitting verse.Oh how I need to feel my Father's loving embrace.As one of my favorite radio teachers says,'Have a good and Godly day,for of what lasting value is a good day if it isn't also a Godly day.'(Woodrow Kroll,Back to the Bible)
Blessings,Ruth

George said...

I can't begin to tell you how beautiful -- and appropriate -- this is. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Marvelous, Karin. I loved it---and need to hear this every single day. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Hugs,
Betsy