The Warmth Of A Hug

January 12, 2012
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Matthew 21:16 – "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, 'From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise'?" (NIV)

It took much too long for October to get to November. Decorations of horror and death littered neighbourhood lawns, and automated electronic hands moved on the desktops of fellow workers when I passed, reminding me of unseemly things that were happening in my line of work. I assist, as a substitute, with special needs students in our school district. Every day is a different school and a different student.

The evils sown in October seemed to reap a harvest of angry kids who didn't particularly want my assistance. My days were not glorious, and while I do not take personally the barrage of verbal abuse these students are capable of, there is a weight to bear when such occurrences happen daily.

As it would be, my Sunday school students were in the same schools. For each high-maintenance autistic student, there were at least three Sunday school students to wrap a hug around me. They were so excited to see that I was at their school.

When October receded into November, and my students changed to a happier sort, I realized that God had carefully arranged each hug that came my way. I tell the huggers what an encouragement they are when they unashamedly acknowledge me amongst their peers and give me hugs — very big, tight, "it's-another-believer" type hugs.

We don't realize the power of our greetings as believers when we cross paths outside of our church grounds. The love of God is powerful, and He has purpose in our every step. Never think that our acknowledgement of another is in vain. God orchestrates. Every step has a note that works into a wonderful overture! Let's throw our arms around that acquaintance, wherever we may be. Give a hug in the name of Jesus. The warmth we feel when passing on a hug is tenfold to the receiver.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for little people who magnify Your love! What a heavy world we would live in without their energy! You set our feet on Your paths, so may we also transmit the energy of Your love to those we meet in our way. By Christ's strength in us, and in His warm and hugging name, we pray. Amen.

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Wildomar, California, USA

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