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by Amy Nappa
I enjoy embracing people. (Thelma Wells)
How much do you know about hugging? Sure, youve hugged some folks in your lifetime. I have too. But lets consider the facts:
You may have heard of Thelma Wells from the popular Women of Faith series of conferences and books. She travels, speaks, and writes on faith and womens issues with Sheila Walsh, Luci Swindoll, Patsy Clairmont, and others. What you may not know is that Thelma worked professionally for years in the fields of teaching and banking. She started her own business in 1980. And she has been a motivational speaker at universities, government agencies, and corporations, speaking on such topics as stress management, self-esteem, and cultural diversity. As you can imagine, a wide variety of people have attended her sessions.
Why do I mention these details? Because everywhere Thelma goes, she has a hug line. She doesnt just hug people at Christian conferences. She believes in the power of touch and practices it no matter where she is!
I understand it takes about twelve hugs a day for us to perform at our peak, Thelma explains. All of my professional life, if people would allow me to hug them, I did. At the end of my seminars whether it was in government or colleges or universities or wherever I would say, Okay, I enjoy hugging, so if you need a hug today, come by. I wont hug you unless you let me. But come on by. People seek me out now at conferences those who have come before. They say, All I wanted was that hug.
From corporate suits to college kids to government officials, people everywhere literally line up for Thelma to hug them. And hug them she does! She realizes that shes doing more than putting her arms around them shes touching their hearts with something from God.
There is something about the human touch that not only touches the human body, but touches the spirit and the soul, she says. And I enjoy embracing people with a godly hug.
Whenever Im getting ready to minister whether its with a hug, a speech, or a song I always pray, Lord, dont let me do this on my own, but let it be the Holy Spirit that is within me. You move in the way you see fit. Im just here for you. Its not about me.
So whats been the result of all this hugging? Thelma likes to answer that question by telling a story. Here it is in her own words:
The wonderful thing about a womans touch is that people really want it! Were not trying to get people to eat okra or wear itchy wool undergarments. By offering a loving touch, were offering something people not only need but want.
Im not suggesting we have the power to heal physical conditions with our human fingers. But I do believe theres a healing of the spirit that takes place when we touch others. Theres a comfort that cant be found anywhere else but in a touch or a hug. Somehow, Gods love and power is shared with others through the simplicity of our physical touch.
Have you heard of World Hug Week? It occurs every year during the third week of July. The goal of this week is to encourage everyone to hug three people a day for seven days, and to ask those three people to do the same. You can start today! Give the people around you the touches theyre craving.
Get that hug line going!
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with Compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)
Author: Amy Nappa
Publication Date: July 24, 2003
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