Why hugs? I’m so glad you asked! Because someone who feels worthless, invisible and even despised, desires to feel human contact, to be spoken to, touched, hugged, and feel loved.
Jesus did the unthinkable by speaking to, touching, healing, feeding, and loving the outcasts, the unclean, the demon possessed, the poor, the homeless, and the broken people of his day.
Today, we seek to follow Jesus' footsteps by doing the unthinkable, talking to, hugging and loving the homeless, one person at a time.
When we encounter a homeless person, we usually give them a cold or frozen bottle of Evian or Fiji water (the good stuff), a $20 bill, and ask if we can give them a hug. The water and money are appreciated, but the hugs are unexpected and have a profound effect on them, and on us. Often with the hugs come tears, words of thanks and blessings, prayer requests, exchanging names and stories. The smiles on their faces when we leave, are simply priceless.