Devotions for Lent–God wants to hug you!

Please don’t hide it from me! Don’t push your servant aside angrily– you have been my help! God who saves me, don’t neglect me! Don’t leave me all alone! Even if my father and mother left me all alone, the LORD would take me in.  (Psa 27:9-10 CEB)

Have heard about a recent outbreak in a school in New Jersey? No, it’s not measles or some other disease, it’s hugging. Students at Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, N.J., have discovered the benefits, physical and emotional of giving a hug to a friend while respecting each others space, personality and gender.

Scientists have discovered that babies that receive no affection, even though they are receiving nutrition, stop growing and could even die. In this psalm, David is calling out to God, pleading that God doesn’t remove the affection, and love that David so desperately needs and craves. Some of you have never associated God with hugger, but the story of the Prodigal so shows the father running to, hugging and kissing his wayward son.

So he got up and went to his father. “While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. His father ran to him, hugged him, and kissed him. (Luk 15:20 CEB)

So, this is your hug, and it’s coming your way. “X:” “:)X”

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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