Hold Me Still – A Tribute To Aria Joy

September 28, 2012 — 18 Comments

Today marks the one-year anniversary when our baby girl went to be with Jesus. 

It’s been quite a year.

We miss her everyday.

We still cry everyday.

But this year also holds a testimony.  A testimony of strange joy.  Joy that won’t be outdone by this world’s greatest pain.  A testimony of comfort.  Comfort from the One who knows what its like to watch a child die. A testimony of faithfulness.  Faithfulness that holds us even when we feel like we can’t hold on.  A testimony of hope.  Hope with scarred hands who holds out a future with no tears or sorrow, a future shared with our daughter.

Last year on September 28th, God gave us living words in Psalm 27:6. “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”  So fitting this verse because it even contains our daughter’s name: Aria Joy – “melody of joy”.  We knew this would be the only way to make it… to continue in song.  We knew this would be one of the best ways to honor our daughter… to leave a legacy of song in the earth.  We knew this would hold our victory… Boy, does the Enemy hate it when you sing through your sorrow.  

So today we are sharing the first song we wrote after Aria’s homegoing:  Hold Me Still.  This song reiterates the fact that Jesus is the Lord over all things, both sorrow and joy.  In Him all things find purpose and are made beautiful.  It declares His faithfulness.  He does not sleep or slumber.  He sees all and is with us in all things, our Emmanuel.  Though our hearts and flesh may fail, God is the strength of our lives.  It is a great thing to hold fast to God.  It is a greater thing still to be held by a God who never lets go.  He has held us and He holds us still.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank YOU for holding us as well.  This year we have witnessed the amazing power of the Body of Christ like never before.  You have held us right alongside our Heavenly Father.  Every gift, every meal, every kindness, every remembrance, every card, every text, every call, every tear, every prayer has not gone unnoticed.  THANK YOU so much for walking this journey with us, for loving us, for lifting us up.

So while we miss our Aria Joy terribly, we have much for which to be thankful:  family and friends who have been a constant source of support, love, encouragement and help; a new baby boy who is helping our family to “advance in praise;”* three boys who bring so much life and joy and fun; a best friend (and spouse) to walk through life’s ups and downs with; and a God who has never left us or forsaken us, who is true to His word, who has conquered Death and the Grave and allowed us the privilege of sharing eternity with our daughter, who Holds Us Still.

Jon and Kelley

*Judah Wade means “advancing in praise”

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18 responses to Hold Me Still – A Tribute To Aria Joy

  1. Thank you for sharing your heart with us through this, tears of happiness and sorrow with you as you celebrate her today.
    Love: Cole, Lily, Owen and Jenn.
    xoxoxo

  2. What a lovely song …..I have an 11 month old baby girl who is, by God’s grace ,very healthy. I have 2 other older girls and I have no clue how you must have felt this past year having to let go of your little Aria. Thanks for letting His strength and HIs light shine through you and the music you make. God is praised and honored! God bless you much!
    By the way, I am from Lake Mary Church with Pastor Shaddy and Amy Soliman and I was there with the other ladies form LMC when we attended when Lysa Terkeurst came about 3 weeks ago.
    Again, thanks for this beautiful song about God’s goodness and faithfulness!

  3. Absolutely WONDERFUL & BEAUTIFUL !!!
    Thinking of and praying for your family today while remembering your loss !
    Ya’ll are an amazing example of Christians with unfailing love !
    Thank you for sharing and encouraging others to lean on and look to God.
    With Much Love,
    Crystal

  4. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful song with us and for letting us be with you today. You both are such an inspiration to so many people and you remind us that God is and will always be there to hold us up. Aria Joy was a blessing and I can’t wait to meet her one day. My love and prayers to you and your family, today and always..I love you both!!
    Jan

  5. Beautiful. Love you bro.

  6. Beautiful song. Praying for you all. What a year it has been. May He continue to guide and direct your steps. Blessings and love bro.
    Mark

  7. I remember where I was when I received the text to pray that night. I remember the pain our entire church felt at the sudden loss of such a bright child of God. And, I remember the glory of the Lord that filled our midst as we worshiped during Aria’s memorial service. Most of all, I remember and will always reference the strength, joy, and transparency of her parents in the days, weeks, and months following her departure. It is a reference that Satan is defeated no matter how much he doesn’t want to be and that our weapons of warfare against him make absolutely no sense to the world – sometimes not even to us, His children. And yet, before our eyes, we see His redemption working out though you both . Thank you for being a tangible example of what faith really is.

  8. You guys are an amazing testimony of God’s faithfullness. Thank you for fighting, thank you for choosing to advance. The body is strengthened by you.

  9. sing on with baby girl and heavens choir…shout forth His faithfulness and love !

  10. What a mighty family you are. We are inspired by your continuous honesty and faith. You are true worshippers both in song and the way you live your lives. It is an honor to know you and see all God is doing through you (even if only through facebook). We will continue to pray for strength and comfort <3

  11. awesomely beautiful. speaks volumes….

  12. Where words fail, music speaks! Thanks for continually choosing Him and shinning His light to the world. Blessings!

  13. Your exampleship speak louder than the words itself. You guys have a powerful testimony. Thank you soo much for your faithfulness in not only praising through the storm but also living what you preach. That is so rare today. You guys are awesome!!!!!

  14. Thank you both for advancing in praise, despite pain many of us cannot even fathom, nor understand. You and your family are loved deeply in the Body and by our precious Father. He is with you always. You are beautiful.

  15. Hi Jon and Kelley,

    We’ve never met, but we have several mutual friends through Every Nation. We heard of your sweet Aria’s passing a year ago–we prayed for you all then and over the last year, I’ve prayed for you often. I think any parent’s heart breaks to hear of such a loss. This is a powerful song, and your family will continue to bless and bring comfort to many. Thank you for putting this out there! May God bless you guys and your newest little one.

    Bless you,

    Amy and Jason Hubbart

  16. Your song and tribute to your little girl has truly encouraged me. A week ago today at 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant, my husband and I found out that our little girl’s heart had stopped beating. It’s amazing how God’s love will envelop you in a time of such despair. Thank you for sharing your commemoration. I pray that God will continue to bless and grow your ministry and that He will continue to shower your family with His love.

  17. This song has been on repeat all week…. THE SAME HANDS THAT HOLD THE SEA…. Love you guys. You are amazing!

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    […] Hold Me Still song by Jon AND Kelley Owens. ” This song reiterates the fact that Jesus is the Lord over all things, both sorrow and joy.  In Him all things find purpose and are made beautiful.  It declares His faithfulness.  He does not sleep or slumber.  He sees all and is with us in all things, our Emmanuel.  Though our hearts and flesh may fail, God is the strength of our lives.  It is a great thing to hold fast to God.  It is a greater thing still to be held by a God who never lets go.  He has held us and He holds us still.” […]

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