Af I have been writing continously now for the last few months. It is almost a habit. After two months of NOT writing... I have missed it.
So, tonight as I sit down to pen something at my laptop, I heard ( pretty clearly, I might add)
"75 Christmas Hugs".
It made me think of all the people I had touched over the holiday.
Did I, without knowing it spread cheer or regret in my comings and goings?
I wasn't sure, to be real honest.
The first thing that comes to mind is the weekend at my brothers house, pre-Christmas.
I love being with him and his family almost as much as my own. I enjoy the laughter of the kids and my brother and his wife when they have had to much of the egg nog. ;)
They tend to be a favorite of mine so I hug them, alot.
The next people we encounter on the road to the 75 hugs are my mother in law and sister in law and their family.
We exchange good things, as well as hugs and we leave to go have lunch with our son Dylon.
Who probably get more hugs than he wants but we love him so much, he will have to endure.
Next stop over this pre- Christmas weekend is my BFF, whom I have known twenty something years and she always gets more than one Big hug!
"Nuttin like the love of an sister from another Mister. "
As we walk in the door to the house, we head to bed because it's late... and I can't keep my eyes open.
As we go to sleep though, we give the baby boy a hug or two and off to sleep we go.
The next couple of weeks are filled with random hugs from family and spotted with hugs at work as co workers get ready for the holidays. Every night we are given a beautiful hug from our baby boy to say goodnight. Randomly, we receive hugs from our older sons (still at home, or close enough) who are more forgetful, Momma still needs hugs. lol. Nevertheless, I receive them now and again. :)
(oh, and lets not leave out the dogs, who are advid huggers, as well)
Christmas eve... we pile in the car with our baby boy to go look at Christmas lights in a neighborhood just under the bridge (which is equal to about 5 minutes from our house). Our baby boy is exstatic and gives us random hugs all through out the tour. ... and of course we get our nightly hug & kiss.
My husband and I stay up watching "It's a wonderful life" till midnight and he tells me Merry Christmas and gives me a Kiss and a Hug. I fall asleep in his arms knowing there will be more hugs tomorrow.
Now, On Christmas day, I don't count the hugs given out or the hugs recieved, but I find that I don't have to... there are so many given because of our big beautiful family that I know just as Santa does that I will meet my quota for the season at hand.
I know that with all these hugs, that I am loved, cherrished and would be missed greatly, if for some reason I could not give a hug back this year. It is enough for me to "count my blessings" and know that God is watching over me with every hug.
Telling me that he loves me and giving me the idea that God never forgets.
Today is December 28th, 2016. I have yet to stop hugging my family and sharing God's love with each hug. They have been told a handful of times they are loved, just today! When they go out they are blessed with love and when they come in they are blessed with more love. The light in my heart doesn't die just because one person acknowledges me more than another!
God's love remains the same. When you look out over your friends and family let them know that God loves them and give them a hug.... and don't just do it on Christmas ... all year around they need that assurance that God is ever supporting them and encouraging them to come to him.
There is tons of Grace in your hug and faith can be born out of an over abundance of that Great Grace.
I hear the HOLY SPIRIT whisper in my ear;
"See that my people know my great and wonderful and powerful GRACE"
In this world, I see people all the time in need of the love of the Father and yet we begrudge them the beauty of a HUG. It is one of God's most powerful tools.
To embrace the people around you in love and hope and let them know you care, it speaks to the heart of a person in ways you just can't verbalize some times.
God commands us to love each other, while we are learning to do that ... let us all endeavor to show a little love and compassion all year long and HUG tightly those you know in your heart God directs you to give into their lives.
A hug a day, keeps the devil away. :)
Have a blessed, beautiful and glorious NEW YEAR,
and give away a hug!
By Dawn Brown