2:346 – A Hug Is Powerful
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Physical touch is something that we all crave in one way or another. We are supposed to be in contact with each other. I recently read an article about the Power of a One-Minute Hug, but Jill Savage.
The article says when you hug, you are telling the person that they are the most important thing in the world at that time. Nothing else matters except the two of you in that space at that time. This isn’t about sex or power or anything more than two people being connected. We all need that connection.
I love hugs. Often when I drop my youngest off at school, her whole kindergarten class comes up to hug me. It’s an awesome experience. When I see people hurting, sad, tired, or upset, I ask if I can give them a hug. Some want it, some don’t. Those who do, feel something afterward. For a minute, they know that at least one person cares about them and loves them no matter what.
Some say we can’t feel God’s touch. The truth is, when we hug others, we are feeling God. He is sending those people into our lives to help us.
Melt into that hug and enjoy that connection.
- His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me. – Song of Solomon 2:6
- And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. – Mark 10:16
- Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. – Romans 16:16
A hug, a kiss, an embrace, placing hands on each other. These are all signs that God and Jesus use to show love. From spouses to friends to children to disciples to everyone in between, touch is always present.
God wants us to touch each other. We should touch and hug one another when wanted. I’m not talking about unwanted or unwelcome touching. I’m specifically talking about sharing God’s love through an embrace.
At least three times today, in three different situations, for different reasons, I hugged someone. I felt the connection and hope that they felt at least for that moment, they were not alone.
We can greatly impact someone’s life. Words may help, but touch can express things words can’t.
Offer a hug. If it’s not accepted, don’t let that stop you from offering to others. It builds a relationship and a connection. If you need a hug, ask for it. It’s hard sometimes. But that feeling is the touch of God in your life.
Heavenly Father. As children, we touch and are touched all the time. As adults, we lose that connection with most people besides our spouses and children. Help us to know the power of a hug. Let us be open to physical connection with people. Remind us that you’ve shown love throughout the Bible through hugs and embraces. We love you and that you for that connection. In your name, Amen.