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HUGS ARE IMPORTANT IN THE HOME

Some counselors recommend two hugs a day, just for maintenance! Consider these words written by Dean Walley concerning hugs:

It's wondrous what a hug can do. A hug can cheer you when you're blue. A hug can say, "I love you so," or, it can say, "I hate to see you go."

A hug is "Welcome back again," and, "Great to see you, where've you been?"

A hug can soothe a child's pain, and bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug, there's just no doubt about it—we scarce could survive without it! A hug delights and charms; it must be why God gave us arms.

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers, sweet for sisters, swell for brothers. And chances are, your favorite aunts, love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them; heads of state are not above them.

A hug can break the language barrier, and make your travel so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of them; the more you give, the more there are of them. So stretch those arms without delay, and give someone a hug today!

The human touch is powerful medicine overlooked. There are some crucial times for families to think about hugs:

    •When you get up in the morning.
    •When you part for the day.
    •When you come together in the evening; and,
    •When you retire for the night.

Have you hugged your kids today? What about your husband or wife? Take the time to make a difference in somebody's day. Some people go days and even months without a hug from anybody. Alert your family members to such needs and share your hugs with others!-Jim Roberts
"...a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing" —Ecclesiastes 3:5

Allen Webster
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Vol. 9/March 18, 2004, pg. 3