Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Thought for the Day: God is Near
“Mama, all I want to do right now is to come and hug you”, came from my youngest as we ate dinner last night. As he hasn’t felt well for the last couple days, my first thought was, “Oh, no, he might really be sick”. That hug, however, made him feel better for a few minutes and began an evening of more hugs and snuggles. Taking in every moment of the evening with my boy, I remembered those times when he was much younger and we had the daily snuggle time. Did I take that time too lightly? Maybe. I knew they were special but didn’t think as I was going through them that the time would end. So, a hug at the dinner table, then a little seven year old boy climbing in my lap with a favorite blanket was precious. (And yes, I am taking him to get him checked today – in case you were worried.)
So, how are we when we need to “come and hug”? As I think about this, my first thought is to love and hug my family – as they are my “go to” for comfort. But there is someone we can go to, at any time and any place. God is beside us wherever and whenever we find ourselves. As times of overwhelming emotions have come recently, and a feeling of overwhelming stress has taken over, I am so glad I can turn to the Father in Heaven who loves me. All I have to do is reach out, and God is there. So, “God, all I want to do is come and hug you” is always available just as my lap was available for my youngest son last night. What better place to be than in the embrace of God.
Prayer: Almighty Father! Thank you for always being near as we go through sickness or go through times of great emotions. You are always there, right beside us, waiting for us to lean in to you for an embrace. Help us daily to remember how close you are and that you are just waiting for us to “ask for a hug”. Amen
Prayer Focus: Embracing God