This morning I began to use a little book entitled God Speaks in Many Tongues.  It contains sacred texts from a variety of religious traditions followed by a meditation on a line or two from the text of the day by Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister.

The words of wisdom for today come from Hildegard of Bingen, who wrote centuries ago:  “God hugs you; you are encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.” 

What if we looked at Lent from the lens that God hugs us, each and every one of us on this planet?  What might our fasting look like?  What about our prayer — if we really believed and lived out of that sense of being hugged?  How different might our almsgiving be if we saw “the other” as not “other” but one “just like me?”

Think about it:  God hugs us … how loved we are.  Spread that love this Lent!  Transform the world!  Share a smile!  Impart a blessing!  Happy Lent!

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  1. Kathy on February 13, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you Susan for sharing. Today as a nurse I discharged 30 patients and my time with each one was maybe 15 minutes, not much time to bond! Yet two of them hugged me goodbye! I know they will never know the joy they left in my heart, sharing a little of their God with me. Me sharing a little of mine with them. The greatest of these is love! Hug one another spread a little of God and feel his mighty magic:-)

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