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How do you hug God?

We’re huggers around here. We hug hello. We hug good-bye.

When it’s time to get up and leave, start five minutes early so you can make the rounds to hug everybody in the room.
It’s what we do; it’s who we are.

I want to hug God like that.

But I can’t. we_hug

Each time I say good-bye to my dad, he gets out of his chair, I give him a hug, he gives me a hug, and he kisses me on the cheek.

Well, until now.

Now, standing up is often too laborious for him. So I come to him and lean over his recliner. He gives me a hug as best he can. I put my hand on his cheek, and kiss his forehead.

And say, “I love you, Daddy.”

He always says back, “I love you, too, Sweetheart.”

* * *

Not so with Father.

Sometimes I think it’s not enough that I can’t touch him with my hands.
Sometimes I even dare to say, “Unfair.”

I want to feel Jesus’s cheek with the back of my fingers.
I want to crumple to my knees and let my tears bathe his feet.
I want to grab his hand when I’m forced to watch the scary scenes of life.

But I can’t.

What was he thinking, leaving us here without his physical presence?
Thirty-three years couldn’t have been long enough. *I* wasn’t even around then.

Back then, Jesus touched with his hands.

He hugged little children.
He handled the sick. 
He touched blind eyes; put fingers in deaf ears; even handled mute tongues.

But not mine. Not literally, anyway. I know I can still hug others, and be hugged by others. I need to give those hugs; I need to receive those hugs.

But with my Lord? It’s not to be. At least not now.

So here’s the clincher: 

This kingdom I do live in is MUCH better than touch.
It goes deeper, higher, wider (Ephesians 3:18-19).

Because it isn’t filled with touch, it also isn’t filled with darkness and tempests and scary trumpet sounds and voices that have hearers begging, even Moses himself, “No more!” (Hebrews 12:18-21).


I live in the spiritual presence
of the living God (Hebrews 12:22-24)

and am covered with the perfect spiritual blood of the spotless Lamb

and am filled with the
Holiest of Holy Spirits there ever was.

More than enough.

I am grateful to receive this kingdom that cannot be touched or shaken (Hebrews 12:28).
Not even by the evil one himself (1 John 5:18).

* * *

But can I still be a hugger?
I can!

I hug the Lord with my heart.

  • I hug him with songs.
    I sing to him when my heart is overflowing with gratitude,
    and I sing to him when my heart is drowning in tears.
  • I hug him with prayers.
    I tell him about my day and ask for his advice and say, “I love you!” over and over.
  • I hug him with thanksgiving.
    I thank him for the little gifts he scatters through my day.
    And for the mega-super-sized gift of fellowship in his presence. 

Does he feel my hugs?
Yes, he does. 
Heart-hugs are stronger than hand-hugs.

So with God, especially with God, be a hugger.

* * *

What ways have you found to hug God? Please share.

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Anonymous said...

I think we also hug God when we do something for someone else (an act of kindness) and that little (physical) pleasant, sort-of tingly feeling we get in return is God's hug back. The other day I surprised myself and did something I never do- I handed over some money to a beggar in my work parking lot who asked me a quarter. I gave him alot more than a quarter- I couldn't even explain WHY. All day, I tingled with God's pleasure. :-)

-Brenda (for some reason it wouldn't let me log in with my google account??)

Lisa notes... said...

Good point about God hugging us back! Glad you felt his hug because of seeing/listening to the beggar's request. Neat.

Theresa said...

I hug my kids, and I get occasional hugs from the person behind this work --

Unknown said...

This is a great post. Thank you.

Unknown said...

"Heart hugs are stronger than hand hugs."

Yes they are!
Thank you.

Kate said...

this is awesome!!!!!!!!!! I can still hug God (kind of) I think you can hug God by hugging other people who have the Holy Spirit inside them because there has been 1 or 2 times that God has hugged me through someone else.

Lisa notes... said...

Being hugged by God through someone else - yes! That is a blessing.


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