Big Old Bear Hugs
At lunch yesterday one of my dear friends was telling us about how her daughter who is a teenager helps out with the younger kids in a program called PAL. She spends her time mentoring young kids and showing them love. She is making an impact on their young little lives and I’m pretty sure that she is getting more out of it than she ever thought.
After the holiday break she went back to her PAL program to spend time with the kids. One little boy ran to her and hugged her tight and with great affection. He was so happy to see her again.
Her heart melted.
She was pulled aside right afterwards by the people who run PALS and was told that she is not allowed to hug the kids. They said she could do a side, one arm huge but not face to face.
Let me just say that these are little kids, elementary school kids.
The people who run the program said that it is for her own protection.
How Did We Get Here
Have we really gotten to the point where we can’t love on each other?
Has hugging really become dangerous?
Is it harmful to show kids affection?
What are we teaching them?
Maybe the hug that the little boy got from my friends daughter is the only hug that he is going to get that day. Maybe its the only huge that he will get for the week. Maybe he needs that hug more than we will ever know. Yet we are going to take that away from him for our own good? Well, that’s just sad.
Each one of my little girls teachers give them a big hug when they leave school. The PE coaches tries to give every single kid who walks into the school a big hug. I’m all for it and proud of them for doing it.
I’m a hugger. I love a good old fashion bear hug.
Jesus Loves The Little Children
I bet Jesus was a hugger.
I know that He loves the little children and wrapped His arms around them every chance He got. Take a look at how Jesus treated the children.
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16
Jesus very own disciples rejected the people that were bringing the children to see Him. They thought it “was for his own protection”. Jesus took the children in his arms. IN HIS ARMS. He hugged them. He loved on them. He blessed them. He did not fear for his safety or worry about his well being. He hugged them. Not a one arm side hug but a big old bear hug.
What is happening to us?
We should be pouring out affection on our younger generations. We should be so wrapped up in them and how they feel about themselves. Kisses and hugs are a blessing and we need to bless our children.
Hug a little child today and remind them how much they are loved. Hug them and tell them how much God cherishes them. Hug them and show them that affection for one another is a good thing. Teach them that we should love each other.
Maybe if we break the chain and teach these kiddos that we can love on each other, that it’s okay to show affection and that loving each other is good then we can make a difference in their future.
Jesus thought it would
Sweet Father thank you for the cross. Thank you for giving up your very own son so that we could know what true love and devotion looks like. Give us the freedom to love on our younger generation so that they may grow to know what affection and grace look like. Remind us that you love the little children the most and that they are your prized possessions. Let us wrap our arms around them and give the a big old bear hug. In Jesus name, amen.
I’m one of those people that almost make people feel uncomfortable because I have no problem hugging a complete stranger and telling them that I love them. That doesn’t always go over smoothly, especially on a job interview.