Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. —2 Corinthians 1:3-4
The morning routine was in full swing when he made his appearance at the breakfast table later than the rest of us. I greeted him the way I do every morning. “Well, good morning, sunshine!”
Moving ever so slowly, his head hung low, his eyes remained focused on the floor. “Hi.”
The mood around the table instantly changed. Breakfast was quieter than what is normal for a house of 3 boys.
Breakfast wrapped up, dishes were cleared, and chores were under way. He continued moving among us, quietly, slowly. So uncharacteristic for this spunky, lively child. As I switched over the laundry and wiped the bathroom sink of the evidence of teeth brushing, I hollered to him, “Hey, Zachary, everything ok?”
Without raising his eyes to look at me, he continued walking down the hall, those shoulders lower than I’ve seen in a while. His voice so low, I had to strain to hear him over the other boys lost in their own worlds of getting dressed and making beds. “Yes, I’m fine.”
I put down the washcloth, knelt down in front of him, grabbed hold of his shoulders, and raised his chin so my eyes could see his beautiful blues. “Hey, do you just need a hug?”
As I wrapped my arms tightly around his 6-year-old body, I felt his rigid arms soften as he leaned into me allowing me to hug him and fill him with what he needed. He just needed a hug. He couldn’t even identify why he felt sad or what was plaguing him. He just knew he needed to feel loving arms around him.
We need to feel the arms of our Heavenly Father. God desires to wrap His arms around us. He is always waiting. He will never fail us. He is forever faithful. His arms give the best hugs because He is the creator of hugging arms. He is our Comforter.
Receive God’s hug today. Then give your child, grandchild, or other loved one a hug. The bigger they are, the more they need a hug. Share the love of God with them today.