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Hugs Help the Human Condition

Hugs are great for the soul!  There is something about the embrace of a close friend or beloved member of the family that is therapeutic. Scripture reminds us that folks have shown their appreciation and affection by means of a hug since the beginning of time.  Consider these Biblical examples….

Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:5 – “(There is) a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”  Moses recorded in the book of Genesis the reuniting of Jacob and Esau after many years….Genesis 33:4 – “And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.” Doctor Luke reminded us in the book of Acts about the last time Paul said “farewell” to the spiritual leaders of Ephesus…..Acts 20:37-38 – “They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. 38 What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again.” 

Hugs are not only nice; they are needed. Hugs can relieve pain and depression, make the healthy healthier, the happy happier and the most secure among us even more so. Hugging feels good, overcomes fear, eases tension, provides stretching exercise if you’re short and stooping exercise if you’re tall. Hugging does not upset the environment, saves heat and requires no special equipment. It makes happy days happier and impossible days possible.  (Kathy Tobin).

Most of us are not wild about poetry.  But a good poem can state clearly the meaning of a topic. This one does that for me when we consider the value of a hug.

It’s wondrous what a hug can do.

A hug can cheer you when you’re blue

A hug can say, “I love you so,

“Or, “I hate to see you go.

“A hug is “Welcome back again.

“And “Great to see you! Where’re you been?”

A hug can soothe a small child’s pain

And bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug, there’s just no doubt about it —

We scarcely could survive without it!

A hug delights and warms and charms;

It must be why God gave us arms

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,

Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers;

And chances are your favorite aunts

love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them,

Heads of states are not above them.

A hug can break the language barrier

And make your travel so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of ’em;

The more you give, the more there’s more of ’em.

So stretch those arms without delay

And give someone a hug today!   (Dean Walley).