How can you show someone you care without saying a word? What is the one thing that can make you feel better, like someone truly cares about you, like someone is willing to sacrifice their time and energy for you: a hug. Don't you always feel better after a great hug?
Sometimes showing affection does not have to mean exhibiting grand gestures. Affection can mean simply wrapping your arms around someone, giving them someone to lean on. And if you need help or you simply need someone to hold on to for comfort, a hug can be one of the most healing gestures known to man.
I love the picture above because of two things: the little boy, and the forgiving, caring expression of the dog. Although I am not an animal person, there is something so beautiful about a child's relationship with a pet. Pets are there for us to talk to, to hug, and to love.. and all they do is love you back. Their cute expressions and willingness to just sit in your arms is one of their most appealing qualities.
So, today I encourage you to find someone who needs a hug, and GIVE THEM A HUG. It doesn't have to be a long embrace or for a specific purpose... just let them know that you are thinking about them and care about them. Have you ever seen those people with 'free hugs' signs? I see them almost every friday on campus, and it makes me smile to know that they are giving up their time to make others feel loved and cared for. So hug someone today... or if you need a hug, then seek someone you love for a shoulder to lean on.
"The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble."