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A hug is the perfect expression of love.
The experience of being held, of holding, brings the warmth of human affection and that most precious of gifts, security. The security of feeling that one person has your best interests at heart.
Paradoxically, the hug is also the moment when we are most vulnerable. The being held, holding, may be moments when we may feel manipulated, used, powerless.
The human story of Jesus Christ is the perfect expression of love, love that proves human love is of God. The human need to love and to be loved, the need for warmth, affection, to be held.
Just think of pictures of Mary holding the baby Jesus on her shoulder, warm, secure, fulfilled, at peace. Human and paradoxically divine, speaking to us of our human needs and experience and yet of love which bring peace, fulfillment and security.
That is the promise of love which lifts the veil between earth and heaven and show us that one person who has our best interests at heart is Almighty God, who is love.
The Right Reverend Kevin Pearson
Bishop of Argyll and The Isles