My husband is an awesome hugger. Every day, when I get home from work, we share this ritual where we stand in the kitchen. I am on one side by the sink, and he is leaning up against the island. We look each other square in the eye, and then the Hug Fest begins. I tell you, that is the best part of my day — it wipes away just about any stress I am bringing home from work. A good hug is a healing balm.
The thing about a good hug is that you have to lean in and let go. You know what I mean? You have to be willing to rest within the circle of another’s total embrace.
This morning, I was driving to work under rainy skies, and God reminded me of a phrase I love in Spanish. My Cubans often use it to sign off at the end of an e-mail or to say goodbye before the end of phone call.
Un abrazo fuerte.
In English, this sweet phrase literally means “a strong embrace.” It’s like a big hug from my husband.
I think the Lord was whispering “lean in” to my spirit. He wanted to remind me that He is a hugger, too. He holds me safely in His strong embrace.
I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—
nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic,
today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—
absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love
because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.
Romans 8:39, MSG
Something to think about…
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