The man set aside his walker and threw his arms around the life-size statue of his Beloved Saint in a tight bear hug. He squeezed the statue with all his might and laid his head on the statue's shoulder. I so wanted to join him in a big group hug!
I was sure that when he saw me, he would be embarrassed. But rather, he turned around, grabbed his walker, looked at me with a grin that stretched from ear to ear, and shuffled away. He had just met up with his long-lost friend.
It’s wondrous what a hug can do.
A hug can cheer you when you’re blue
A hug can say, “I love you so,”
Or, “I hate to see you go.”
A hug is “Welcome back again.”
And “Great to see you! Where ‘er you been'
A hug can soothe a small child’s pain
And bring a rainbow after rain.
The hug, there’s just no doubt about it --
We scarcely could survive without it!
A hug delights and warms and charms;
It must be why God gave us arms.
Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers;
And chances are your favorite aunts
love them more than potted plants.
Kittens crave them, puppies love them,
Heads of states are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier
And make your travel so much merrier.
No need to fret about your store of ‘em;
The more you give, the more there’s more of ‘em.
So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today!
--"What Hugging Can Do", Dean Walley, The Messenger
Oh, the power of a hug. Sometimes we need them. Sometimes we give them. Have you hugged someone today? Have you been hugged by someone today?
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."