I need a hug

Sep

22

2022

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This morning I was thinking of all those people who have given up hope. According to a poll I read, 82% of the people worldwide have lost hope. For some it’s a wayward daughter or son, maybe a bad report on a medical test, the never-ending middle east conflict and wars, and rumors of war, finding a job, paying off debt, murder, and violence, those guys in Washington D.C. – you name it.

Yesterday I watched a video of a man who had a near-death experience. He wasn’t a rock-solid believer prior to it, but he is now. He said Jesus talked to him and it was wonderful. He no longer fears death and the things that used to worry him don’t matter much anymore. He said that before departing heaven God asked him if he had any questions that he wanted to ask Him. After thinking about it, the man asked what the meaning of life was. God laughed and told him he would explain it when he came back to stay with him forever and they had more time.

He once told a friend about his experience, and he remarked that after thinking about it now for no small amount of time, the question seemed easy, the answer was love. The meaning of life is love. The man could not control his emotion and cried as he told of getting ready to return to his body on the operating table and God hugged him goodbye. He said he was so filled with love that it was indescribable.

Hmmm . . .  Wouldn’t you love to be hugged by God today?

You can be, many just don’t realize it yet.

I thought of being homeless and living on the dark mean streets of heartless cities filled with despair, pain, loneliness, addictions, and knowing that at any minute someone might shoot me or otherwise harm me. I remember when I’d lost all hope and was ready to eat a bullet and commit suicide. I would have loved to have had a hug from God. Little did I know that He was waiting to do just that and that I would find Jesus Christ and things would change for me forever.

Funny God knew me then. He also knew that I would come to Him and that when I did, He would bless me. He saw me not as I was, but as I would be when I was filled with His Holy Spirit. It’s such a shame that so many good Christian people give up so easily on those who are trapped in sin. There is a song with great lyrics some of which I have included today:

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

To see You high and lifted up
Shinin’ in the light of Your glory
Pour out Your power and love
As we sing holy, holy, holy

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You

You might try listening to that today to cheer yourself on and to find some compassion for those who need a hug from God today. God hasn’t changed one iota and all those things that used to bother me, are insignificant today. God will change the things bothering us – all in time. I hope you will put your complete faith and trust in Christ and just calm down and – BREATHE!

God reminds me of a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Enjoy Him. He loves you so much you cannot even imagine. He will save you; He will comfort you; He will hug you. Allow Him to take over your life today just watch as your troubles melt away.

Phil. 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think on these things  . . .

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