Where did this feeling come from, she wondered. This warm, want-to-hug-people feeling?
She had never wanted to hug anyone before. As a child, she had been forced to hug every relative hello, regardless of who they were and how she felt. That was not OK with her. In fact, she hated it. But she did it dutifully. She learned to see hugging people as a chore and to bury any feelings involved in it.
But now…she WANTED to hug people.
People in her family.
People in her church.
People at her prayer meeting.
People who befriended her.
People she knew.
People she didn’t know.
Even her pesky little sisters.
Where had this huggy part of her come from?
Then one day she read Romans 5:5. “…for we know how dearly God loves us and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.”
Ahh! So that’s where it comes from, she thought! I’m so full of God’s amazing love that it oozes out of me every time I get near someone. I’m like some kind of slime monster!
And that was just fine with her.