He wasn’t socialized well as a kitten so he has a hard time interacting with both people and other cats.
He has,however, discovered one demonstration of affection he likes…a lot.
Chester loves to be hugged.
He jumps on my lap, presses himself tightly against my chest, and waits to be embraced .
If he’s feeling really insecure, he’ll try to bury his immense head in my armpit and let me hug away his anxiety.
It’s odd, but it works.
This of course, brings me to a religious discussion…
One of the most important doctrines of Christendom is the Incarnation.
“God became flesh and dwelled among us”.
Why…did He do that?
I’ll spare you the dry theological points to give you one you may not have thought of.
Jesus took on human flesh so that He could touch other human flesh.
He embraced what it means to be human in order to physically touch humanity.
He came…to hug…and be hugged.
Many of His healings involved physical touch, John spoke of reclining against Him, and those little children He allowed to come to Him all wanted embraced…and they all were.
The early church greeted each other with a holy kiss.
Affection, care, and love can be communicated by touch when words fail.
Now, to be honest, I’m not entirely comfortable with this.
I’m as huggable as your average Saguaro cactus.
If my church starts greeting each other with a kiss, I’m leaving.
However…I know I need to loosen up.
We’re the hands and arms of Jesus now…and we’re the ones in charge of affirming touch.
In an age where touch has been defiled we’re the agents of redemption.
Lots of us need a hug.
I’m practicing on the cat…
Make your own application…