God's Hugs

With Your arms around me, Father,
I can feel your warm embrace,
While I snuggle close beside You,
And gaze into Your Face.
As I sense Your steady heartbeat,
With its rhythm sure and strong,
I experience Your comfort,
And know that I belong.

Oh, I need Your hug so often,
Living in this world of sin,
So I come apart with You, Lord,
To experience You within.
Then, strengthened and encouraged,
Reassured by Love Divine,
I can hug the sad and lonely
In keeping with Your design.

Honoria A. Groves