I Think God is a Hugger

The cherry trees were beautiful. The monuments were too, but to this mother's heart, the most beautiful sight I saw on my first night in Washington was my daughter.

All grown up and knee-deep in her first full-time job, she now lives three states away. I hadn't seen her since New Years day and couldn't wait for my birthday weekend so I could visit.

The first thing I did was hug her tightly, trying in vain to express all the happiness that was bubbling out of me. Although we talk often by phone, electronic communication just doesn't compare to sharing a great big bear hug every now and then. It was an exuberant, unrestrained expression of love.

While I've never read a Bible verse about whether God is a hugger, I strongly suspect he is. Many times during periods of sorrow and joy I have experienced the indescribable feeling of God wrapping his big strong arms around me in a tender embrace. Others have shared this same experience.

Listen to one young lady's description of the night she came to faith in Christ:

"As we were praying, an indescribable feeling flooded the room. I will never forget that feeling or that moment of Him being right there next to me, wrapping me up so tenderly in His arms. It felt like the first hug I had ever known."

This young lady became a Christian at a summer camp. As she began to experience the joy of her salvation, she wrote this:

"The rest of the session I was so eager and ready to learn, and so desperately afraid to return home and lose God and all these people who knew Him and hugged like Him."

People who "knew Him and hugged like Him."

This phrase challenges and convicts me. I ask myself, in the busyness of my life, how often do I stop and hug people like he does? It's easy to hug people I love, like my sweet daughter, but I have a harder time hugging the unlovely. 

But these are the very people who need a hug from God, through me, most of all.

 Lord, help me hug like you hug

"We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19).

How about you? Have you ever been hugged by God? Tell us about it in the comment box below. I'd love to hear your story. And if you're reading by email, click here to leave a comment.

"We love because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). 


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  1. I've also shared the experience of God giving me big hug in times of distress and exhaustion. I would totally agree with you. GOD IS A HUGGER! :) Found you on Matrimonial Monday!


  2. Great post. I think God is a hugger. I have a hard time because we serve at a boy's prison unit and we are not allowed to hug. It is so hard! I'll have to use this illustration with them though. My post today was about prayer. There have been times when I have prayed and felt Gods precense and his warmth hugging me.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful illustration and giving me a smile today.
    May your day be filled with Smiles,

  3. We all need a hug. Think I'll go hug my daughter right now!

  4. There's nothing like being tightly held in the the secure, loving embrace of the Lord. The times that I've experienced those hugs, I've without doubt, felt that I'm loved and that I matter to God. This post makes we want to be more mindful to be that hug to others... that they would know they are loved by God and that they matter. Thanks Lori!
    Blessings to you ~ Mary

  5. I'm with you...I think God is a hugger, too! If He wasn't, why would He make it so much fun or have them give us so much comfort? Thanks for linking up this week! :D

  6. It is so wonderful when we can feel God's presence in a inexpressible way. It says (somewhere) in the Bible that God holds us in His hands/arms?

    Thanks for linking up this week over at WholeHearted Home Wednesdays. This post was such a blessing!

  7. I'm sure of it! How neat to have it put into words. Thank you for sharing at Deep Roots At Home Wednesday.

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