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Stair Hug

by | Aug 22, 2017 | A HOME Life, A MOM Life | 2 comments

I remember. 

You were born. 

So little. Tiny hands and body.

Precious and small, holding on.

Holding you close, cradling you in my arms.


I remember.

You grew. 

Running, you would jump and I would catch you in my arms.

Swinging you round, holding on.

Hugging you close, cradling you in my arms.


I remember.

You grew more and more.

Eye to eye, eye to chin, eye to chest.

Too short to be “on top” as we hugged now,

I stand on the stair, holding on.

Holding you close, cradling you in my arms.


Fifteen and still wanting Stair Hugs…

I will remember.

Little by little, letting you go.

Old enough to make your own decisions.

Praying I’ve trained you as you go your own direction.

Wanting to hold you close, to cradle you in my arms,

to keep you little even though you’re big now.

Whispering, Lord, bless him and keep him.

Remember, Child:
Hold on to what matters; let go of what doesn’t.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

How are we intentionally training up our children to hold on to their faith, let go of false gods, and follow Jesus?



  1. William Thompson

    I first read this the day the Christopher left for Basic Training. I had reflected on his life as you have here. Everything I was feeling, you have captured in your words.

    Hugs… They are the most valuable way to convey love and comfort. I would get a hug from Christopher when one of us got hone from work, before going to bed, etc. But, when he needed to be comforted, he would bend down for a hug so I would be “on top”. We would stay locked in a hug as we would talk out the troubling issue. Times I will always cherish as he continues on in his book of life. Thanking God that He blessed me with such a wonderful child that I had the honor of leading, teaching and watching become a man.

    • Leigh Mackenzie

      “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) Indeed, I cling to this Scripture verse!

      Some wise person told me when my son was little that the days are long but the years go fast. Praying for him to hold on to what matters–Christ in him, the hope of glory–through all the trials ahead of him.

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