Read Matthew 22:34-40. Right at the beginning of the first Coronavirus lockdown in March 2020, I saw a picture that said, “To my friends saying they can’t wait to hug everyone when this ends. I didn’t hug you before this started and I’m not hugging you after!”
Not all of us value physical touch as a way of communicating love, but many of us do, and have missed hugging and shaking hands over the past two years. Just a few weeks ago, I received a hug for something that I’d done, and it seemed extra special for not having had one for so long from someone I had ministered to. Many of us can start to feel unloved without physical touch.
This can be especially true in times of crisis. As a pastor, it has hurt not to be able to hug people who have faced illness, grief, and bereavement, particularly when I could see the person longed for the comfort physical touch can bring.
Of course, the virus is still a threat to many of us as you listen to or read this daily devotional today. But asking someone if they don’t mind receiving a hug or a handshake is possible. They may just have been longing for one! Even bumping elbows can be all it takes to make someone feel loved today.
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
oIf you feel comfortable enough to do so, who could you reach out and touch in love today?