To hold is to have or keep (something) in your hand, arms, etc.; to put your arms around (someone) : to embrace or hug (someone); and, to put or keep (something or someone) in a specified place or position.
“The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27a; AMP).
Even during the times when He seemed far away, our Father has always held us close. He holds us close now and He always will.