Jesus, hug me for long time…

Johnny shared a story at JCCC the other night…

I went to a football game with my family and over the intercom they announced that some cars were parked illegally and needed to be moved.  My daughter’s car was one of those so I said I would go move it for her before it got towed.  My grandson, Nick, asked to go and I told him “no, that it was too far and that my back hurt and I wouldn’t be able to carry him” it was a couple city blocks away and he was too little to walk the whole way.  He persisted that he could make it all the way there and back by himself so I relented and allowed him to tag along.  On the way back he began to tire and said “Grandpa, could you carry me?”  I said “No, Nick, I told you, my back hurts, I can’t”.  Then he said “Could you just pick me up and hug me for a long time?” (like all the way back to our seats)…  That was my old life, many times I thought I could go way out there (drugs, illegal activity, etc) and have the strength to get back on my own…without anyone’s help and I couldn’t.  Like Nick, I needed someone to pick me up and carry me back…Jesus did that for me.  When I lifted my hands to heaven and asked Jesus to carry me back, to help me, change me (hug me for a long time), He did just that.  He’s been hugging me for a very long time now and isn’t going to let me go.  He wants to carry us, to hug us for a very long time, for eternity; all we need to do is ask.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

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