The title for this layout comes from a wonderful song of the same name by Natalie Grant. The chorus says...
"This is what it means to be held.
How it feels when the sacred is torn from your life
And you survive.
This is what it is to be loved.
And to know that the promise was
When everything fell we'd be held."
It's such a beautiful picture of God's love for us as his children. He holds us in His arms when we are weak and can't carry on. Whenever I glance at our nativity and I see Mary holding Jesus I think 'This is how He holds us.' There is such peace in knowing you are loved so deeply even in times of broken-ness.