Casting Crowns wrote a song in 2014 called, “Just Be Held.” During this Christmas season, this song reminds me about how the world brings chaos and disappointment into our lives. Many people lost loved ones this year, and the memory of them not being here for the holidays causes sadness. For others, Christmas did not turn out the way they planned it, and they are dealing with depression and disappointment. Some will put on a fake smile and make the best of the holidays even if they have lost the Christmas cheer. This song, “Just Be Held” brings comfort to those who are sad, depressed, and disappointed. It reminds us that no matter what we are going through, we are held by our Heavenly Father.
In the beginning of the song it talks about how we are expected to “hold it all together [because] everyone needs you strong.” In times of sorrow or trouble, people expect us to be strong for the whole family during the holidays. The truth is, God does not expect that from us. He sees your hurt and realizes you are barely holding on. You are on the verge of your breaking point. God sees that and wants you to be held by Him.
The chorus tells us to stop fighting in our flesh, surrender to God, and lay our burdens down at Jesus’ feet. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us to give our burdens to God and rest in Him. When we hold on to our hurt, regret, and shame, we exhaust ourselves and become weak in the Spirit. We begin to feel alone and think we are falling apart. We feel like we are too far gone to find peace again. We feel like we are in a war that will never end. That is when we get on our knees and call out Jesus’ name, because God is “on the throne” and He will hold us in the midst of our life’s storms. He tells us to stop holding on and to trust Him in His arms.
The song continues to encourage us to not focus on our circumstances and to focus on the cross. Deuteronomy 31:6 tells us that God “will never leave [us] nor forsake [us].” The cross represents God’s love for us. He cares about our every need (Philippians 4:19). God wipes away our tears and turns our circumstances into something beautiful (Ecclesiastes 3). He turns the ashes into beauty.
Next week as we come together with family and friends, let this song be a reminder that God wants to hold us in His arms through the hurt, the sadness, and the regret of what this season has brought into our lives. His love overwhelms you with His peace. Remember, to be held by our Heavenly Father is the most precious place to be.