A lady who attends a nearby church recently lost her husband . This grieving widow, sobbing and clutching her husband’s picture, cried out to God ” I just want him to come home!”. She instantly felt a warm peace fill her heart and she heard these words inside her head : “He is home”. Wow! What a comforting hug!
We were told we had to evacuate our home which was surrounded with rapidly rising and turbulent water . Rescuers were waiting in a boat in my front yard but I couldn’t find my cat, Major. He would normally come to my call but he was afraid of the howling wind and I looked everywhere for him to no avail. Finally, the rescuers could wait no longer and we had to leave my precious cat abandoned . I was devastated ! . Two days after the storm, we were allowed back in our homes to assess the damage. With terror in my heart I searched for my kitty and found him huddled in the attic rafters, very much alive, hungry and very happy to see me! A major “hug” for Major and me!!
The other day I was sort of sad and felt out of sorts. I felt kind of ignored and unloved by certain members of my family and I am not one to feel sorry for myself ever. But there it was and , of course, God came to my rescue yet again. I got a call and a surprise visit from my most dearly – loved cousin and a warm hug from both him and also from God. Just what I needed.
I came across this hymn that was written in 1995 and someone posted it on the internet. It is so fitting for these present times, and it is somehow comforting. I consider finding a “hug”.
“Till all the jails are empty
and all the bellies filled;
till no one hurts or steals or lies,
and no more blood is spilled;
till age and race and gender
no longer separate;
till pulpit, press, and politics
are free of greed and hate:
God has work for us to do.
In tenement and mansion,
in factory, farm, and mill,
in boardroom and in billiard-hall,
in wards where time stands still
in classroom, church, and office,
in shops or on the street;
in every place where people thrive
or starve or hide or meet:
God has work for us to do.
By sitting at a bedside
to hold pale trembling hands,
by speaking for the powerless
against unjust demands,
by praying through our doing
and singing though we fear,
by trusting that the seed we sow
will bring God’s harvest near:
God has work for us to do.”
Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Why is everyone in such a big hurry to get to the same red light???
For several days my washer has been in freak mode and doing crazy thing. Dreading the upcoming major expense, I prayed about that washer last night. Today I thought I’d give it one more chance and it worked perfectly through several loads . 😄. Many would speculate about that but I have no doubt where that “hug” came from and I am so grateful.
I woke up this morning to the cheerful songs of the birds . The sky was a cloudless, brilliant blue and a background for tall and lush green trees. A gentle breeze kissed my cheeks as I watched a couple squirrels frolicking in my yard. Thank You , God, for these hugs and good morning.
Linda from Sylvania writes…..
“I get hugs from above every day.
I sometimes feel them in my heart as they say.
I am a sinner undeserving of this.
I am trying to change it and not just dismiss.
Though I know in my heart, and without any doubt,
that while I’m still earthbound
I’ll keep getting hugs and feel safe ‘n’ sound and,
those hugs keep coming from all around
because GOD loves me and he gave His Son
His name is Jesus, and my only way out.”
Billy Graham once told of hearing a speaker say these words:
“Either sin will keep you from God’s Word, or Gods Word will keep you from sin.”
Even 5 minutes alone with God each day can renew and strengthen your soul.