Standing at the water’s edge with the big fluffy towel is one of the perks of being Gram. I can wrap Raymond from head to toe in warmth and snuggle him in my beach chair while his mum and dad enjoy some grown-up swim time.
The problem is that, these days, Raymond is not interested in being held for very long. Squirming to get down, arching his back, delicate eyebrows meeting in a storm cloud over eyes the color of the sea, his non-verbal communication is usually all about independence and movement.
But not at the beach.
Not when the big, fluffy towel is warm, and Gram’s lap is soft, and the water has been cool, and the breeze is raising goosebumps on his tiny arms and legs. Soon the weight of his head is against my chest and his lavish eyelashes are a dark fringe against round pink cheeks.
Even Raymond will let himself be held sometimes –- especially when he needs help to reach the kitty on the back of the couch; or to get a clear view of the sparrow on the bird feeder; or to puzzle over cause and effect with the on-and-off of a light switch.
Raymond’s world is expanding because he submits to the safety and support of being held. . .
And that’s the theme over at SheLoves Magazine this month: Held.
Rest assured that being held by the strong cords of God’s love is not a position of weakness, but of readiness. It is a support that launches into potential, an enablement for action, an invitation to take risks! I hope you’ll join me over at SheLoves to finish reading my essay, and I promise — no grandmotherly photo albums!
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