Last summer, I visited a community during Vacation Bible School. Some volunteer missionaries from the year before had not been able to return, but they asked me to deliver a hug to a small boy they had met in 2013. They had fallen in love with “Charlie,” and he loved them back. Better still, he knew that Jesus loved him.
Charlie came running when he saw the VBS team arrive. He eagerly looked for the LAMP friends who had shown him so much love. When I saw Charlie, I called to him, “I have something for you.” I opened my arms and told him, “Your friends wanted me to deliver a hug to you, because they could not come this year.” Charlie wrapped his arms around my waist and buried his head in my stomach. He held on, as I told him that Molly and Terriann wanted to remind him how much Jesus loves him and that He would always be with him. At that moment, I realized that I was not only delivering a hug from Charlie’s friends, I was also delivering a hug from Jesus.
Jesus was born into this world to dwell among us. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. All people who share faith in Jesus as their Savior, like Charlie, have the hope of life eternal. This Advent, we remember that Jesus will come into this world again. Until then, the Holy Spirit calls people like you and me to deliver the Gospel and also hugs to others who need to know how much Jesus loves them.
We pray: Dear Jesus, thank you so much for the privilege of delivering hugs from You, and of sharing the love You have for all God’s children. Amen.
Written by Ron Ludke
Executive Director of LAMP