Friday, February 6, 2009


A long time ago when I suffered repetitive earaches I sat in the arms of my mother to be comforted as we passed precious hours in an old wicker rocking chair. More often than not the earaches didn’t go completely away and the remembrance of that feeling of comfort lasts until today. In the intervening years I outgrew my mother’s lap but I have never outgrown the need for the comforting arms of love.
A few weeks ago I learned of a deed that reminded me that even when we as adults have said our earthly good-byes to the arms of comforting love from our parents, there are still arms that wrap us in that cocoon of love. Sometimes these arms are physical hugs and sometimes not.
In our home congregation there is a lady who is undergoing kidney dialysis. A couple of retirees have personally taken the task of escorting her to and from her treatments on a faithful basis. When I heard of the loving deeds done by these folks, soothing endorphins surged in my mind as I saw an image of comforting arms of love being wrapped gently around this sweet lady.
I personally recommend giving physical hugs as well since it is a well-known fact that as a general rule you can’t give a hug without benefiting from one in return. No matter our age, we never outgrow that need for comforting arms of love and as you can see from the following scriptures from His Word, in His Family God has provided a way for that need to be fulfilled:
Galatians 6:2 (NASB) says,
“Bear one another's burdens,
and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:10 (NASB)
“So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
To sum it up, whether or not this sweet lady receives a physical hug, don’t you know by being helped in this manner she feels enveloped with comforting arms of love each time she receives this precious gift of assistance?
God bless the comfort givers.
© Marilyn Sue (Libby) Moore 2-6-09