Daddy Hugs Day: I’m making this an annual event!
My wife, Linda, has often related a vision she had of a Father spotting the prodigal son, in the far distance, turning and taking that first step back to his Father’s House.
God jumped up and went running towards a His wayward son. When they met, Father threw His arms around His son and hugged him so hard.
I’ve always said it demonstrated love, joy, and relief that the son had returned home safely.
Over the years, God has given me that same ability to hug people with what He told me is a ‘Daddy Hug’.
I’ve been so blessed to give that Daddy hug to many, especially many disenfranchised homeless, addicts, and other dropouts.
I’ve held more than a few who have wept at being held, loved, and hugged — more than one has said for the first time ever in their lives! We’ve seen hardened street women just sob on being told that they are loved — by Jesus and by us!
I tell these things not in any way other than to boast on God and His love when demonstrated like this through us.
In the coming season of harvest, be it revival, renewal, awakening, or outpouring, The LORD is showing me that demonstrations of His love through healing, provision, or a simple loving ‘Daddy hug’, is going to win many to His Kingdom.
People today are starved of love! They find ‘love’ in all sorts of false idols and places.
God is calling His people, US, to love one another and to love strangers, enemies, and anyone else who crosses our path.
Jesus said that ‘by their love shall you know them’ (John 13:35) — the season of love that reaches even the despairing and desperate ones is upon us!
Let God’s Love reach someone through you.
A hug, a kind word or an act of kindness, a shoulder to cry on, maybe a hot drink, or even a meal — given in love will reach even the most lost of hearts.
God is calling us to be the manifestation and representation of His love to the world around us today!
Let’s make today ‘Daddy Hug Day’!
The Story of the Lost Son
“Then he said, “There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’
So the father divided the property between them. It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to feel it. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corn-cobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.
That brought him to his senses. He said, ‘All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.’ He got right up and went home to his father.
When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a prize-winning heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here — given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time,”” Luke 15:11-24 MSG.
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.