Hold me

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Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

Someday ago someone sent me the pop ballad single Hold Me for a While. This great song is the product of the Swedish band Rednex. It was sung bythe female lead singer Whippy (Mia Löfgren).

Some commentators described Hold Me for a While as being intoxicating, fascinating, exhilarating, powerful, unforgettable, and, not the least, sensuous. The woman is practically urging her loved one to hold her, at any rate, for a while. She knows that this relationship is temporary, “won’t last forever”, infact, just for a night. She knows that as daybreak comes her loved one disappears.

The transitoriness makes the beloved suffer. The woman notices the“sparkle” in her lover’s eyes. She interprets it as tears in his eyes. And when at sunrise he departs she is back alone. How sad that their shared love endures only “short moments of time”. While it sounds beautiful that they are “in each other’s arms” the reality is that, within a short amount of time, there “are miles apart”. Gone are the expressions of their love! Hence, upon realizing that her lover will desert her once and for all thewoman clinches, for a moment, to his embrace. And, in great anguish, implores him: “Hold, hold me for a while”.

As you may rightly surmise this love relationship is a continual suffering from head to toe. It has no future at all. The more I listened to this song themore I felt frustrated, nervous, sad, and brokenhearted. I wonder why this single made such a huge impact in Austria, Australia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Norway, United States, Japan, Spain, Russia, Canada, Denmark, France, Ireland and New Zealand. With the exception of Switzerland, wherein this song ranked in the second place, in theaforementioned countries Hold Me for a While reached peak position. It seems that this single was unraveling the great anguish we all have when we cannot realize our dream of loving and being loved. Unfortunately, when that occurs, it is tantamount to an existential tragedy indeed.

However this is part one of the human story. For those who believe, even if they have their disappointments in their love life, nevertheless there is Someone who can love us completely. Yes, there is Someone who knows our thoughts, feels our emotions and longs that we let Him love us totally. And, this special Someone, with a capital S, is none other than God. His love promises fill us with great joy, hope and security.

Thus, if I feel abandoned I know that He is next to me through his Spirit. “And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, …I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you” (John 14:16-18). If I feel alone and insecure God is my constant help at any time for me. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). And, when those closest to my heart, give me their back, God will keep accomanying, protecting and caring for my needs. “For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but theLord will take me up” (Psalm 27:10).

Whenever I desire His presence God will never let me fend by myself. “I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Matt 28:20). There are times when I feel crushed. Yet, my Lord tells me that He heals my wounds. “He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3). Furthermore, my God is extremely faithful that I can completely depend on Him. Even the mountains may fall apart. “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isa 54:10).

The last phrase is really awesome! My God, My Lord, has compassion for me! His embrace of me is not for a while but for eternity! If you believe or want to try his hug kindly go to You Tube and when you feel lonely praise Him by this strong song of praise, entitled, Power of your love.

What a consoling and loving hold God offers my friends! Father God, hold me in your arms. Amen.

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