Introduction: This post was inspired by a desire to give my blogging friends a hug! Annie of freedomborn.wordpress.com in Australia comes to mind along with others.
Annie knows Scripture and is not afraid to use it. One of her many gifts is encouraging fellow bloggers by creating Power Points. Below is a link to a Power Point she created especially for me. The theme is Hope Blossoming in Faith and is filled with beautiful pictures of snowdrops and Scriptures on hope. Consider it five minutes of worship time. Thanks Annie and hugs to you!
Click on this: Link to Annie’s Blog. Then scroll to the bottom of the screen on Annie’s blog and click on the link for Hope Blossoming in Faith to download the Power Point for playing.
Hugs in Heaven
I have a long list of people to hug in heaven. My mom is at the front of the line. Since her death was sudden and unexpected, I ache to feel her hug again. There are grandparents who passed away before I was even born. This will be our first hug. Of course, there are other family members that we didn’t have as much time with as we wanted here on earth. Those hugs can linger in heaven.
The list is comprised of more than just family members. There are people I have only read about. People before my time and examples of faith I have learned from through their stories in the Bible. Will I be shy about hugging Moses or Paul?
There are people I will recognize, but won’t know their names like that guy from the Christian bookstore. I was a seeker at the time shopping for a Bible. Overwhelmed by all the options for Bibles and embarrassed by my lack of knowledge on anything biblical, he asked if he could help me. I bought his recommendation. I want to hug him for his kindness and for noticing me without shaming me.
Hugs for people I know only as a name with a picture. There are blogging friends that hold open their arms through the internet to welcome and encourage me. Just maybe, there will be an opportunity to meet and hug before heaven even though we are literally worlds apart. Yet we are family in God’s kingdom and the hugs will feel natural in heaven.
I hope there will be many surprise huggers in heaven. People whose faith I wasn’t sure off, but desperately long to see their faces in heaven. The awkwardness will be gone and the hugs will be genuine.
Although I have had a foretaste of this hug on my heart and my life, I can’t wait to run into my Abba Daddy’s arms and feel the physical presence of His hug. I am home at last.
I am thinking of a great big group hug in heaven. Will you gather in?
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
2 John 12
I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.