God is with Us! Hugs!!!! 05.14.2020

Hello Friends,

Some days I feel like I am handling the pandemic pretty well, and other days I feel on the brink of tears. 


Not being able to hug my granddaughters is THE HARDEST part of the pandemic for me.  On a Zoom call one day, the almost three-year-old granddaughter said, “Grandma I want to hug you.”  I texted something to the girls yesterday evening.  My son, the father of the girls, texted back to say that the four-and-a-half year old granddaughter was feeling very sad because she couldn’t have any hugs from her grandparents or her uncles.  (FYI – one of the “Uncles” is an aunt named Teresa, but when 6 of 7 are uncles, you call them all uncles.  We love them calling her “Uncle Teresa” so please don’t anyone correct them.)


We spent a little time facetiming with the girls, talking about their day, them asking us to show them all of their favorite toys at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  We talked about how Governor Walz has some new rules coming out and that soon we could see one another in groups of less than ten.  We counted out mommy, daddy, sister, grandma, grandpa, and all the “uncles” on our side of the family and it was 10 people and that made them happy.  We counted mommy, daddy, sister, Grammy “Poof”, and the uncles on their mom’s side of the family, and that was 7 people, which also made them happy.


“But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. “ Luke 15:20

This story of one of the world’s best hugs, comes in the story of the Prodigal from Luke 15:11-32.  This is the joy and love of God for each of us, that God runs to us to embrace us.  The joy and excitement I feel when I think about one day hugging the little girls again, gives me a tiny picture of how God feels about each one of us.


Enjoy this great video of creative ways people are finding to give their loved ones hugs.  This is how excited God is to embrace you every single day!


Hug Shield


Grace and peace,

Pastor Karen Bruins