What better feeling do you get than when you receive a hug? A hug brings us a sense of acceptance, comfort, security, an acknowledgement of love.
The week after Christmas I got to spend some long-lost time with my grandson Oliver. Living over six hours away, I do not get to see him often and like most toddlers he is pretty shy around people he is not familiar with. Being Grandpa made me no exception. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great and fun time and he was a joy to be with! But I kept feeling self-induced guilt that our relationship is not closer although I know there is no blame for anyone, it is just the circumstance of life. As he gets older, I am confident that we will use the marvels of technology to develop a relationship.
However, there was one moment in the midst of a large family gathering that he came to me, put his arms up to be held, sat on my lap, and gave me a hug. It was a hug I will never forget! What accompanied the hug was a look of trust and love even though he is still trying to figure out who I am and exactly how I fit into his life.
Yes, a hug is what we need and a hug is what we need to give. But, do you ever consider the most important hug that was not able to be given?
When I picture Jesus on the cross and hear the words “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34) I hear acceptance, comfort, security, and I hear love. I envision someone who wanted to hug each of us despite us putting Him on the cross. Jesus reached out to hug us, but physically could not because His hands were nailed to the cross.
Here is the good news if we trust in Him as our personal Lord and Savior that hug will come to us one day and as the song says “I can only imagine what it will be like”!