I wrote He’ll Hold You so long ago I don’t even remember what year it was. I had a friend going through a very painful divorce and I wanted to be able to write him something encouraging, to remind him that he wasn’t alone.
It turns out; my family needed that song more than he did. Some time after I wrote it my uncle Dennis died unexpectedly at the age of 38, while playing softball on our church league. It was so very traumatic for my family. My mother was there, and watched as they failed to resuscitate him. Sometimes life can be so tumultuous and painful that we find we don’t have the strength to hold on; it’s in those times that He reaches down and holds on to us. It was during that time with my uncle’s passing that this song became so very important to my family. The lyrics and the hope really got us through.
So many times over the years this song has been a source of encouragement to my family during other trials, because it’s true. We have felt the hands of God holding us through some really painful things but we believe with all our hearts that during this life He will hold us and once all has passed away, we will be reunited in heaven with those we’ve mourned here and it will be such a glorious day.