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I think I can find an illustration or lesson in just about anything: a song, a story, an experience, even a video game.  Hey, they’re there if you’re lookin’!

My daughter, Krissy, and I just finished playing a Wii game called “Kirby: Return to Dream Land.”  It is cute and hilarious at the same time.  As Kirbys, little round guys who can fly as well as suck up enemies and then take on their powers/traits, you travel through all different sorts of lands fighting enemies, gathering stars and treasures.  Of course if you bump into the enemies or they shoot you somehow your health goes down and if it gets really low, your little Kirby starts panting and looking sad, like he can hardly go another step.

The fantastic thing about playing with a friend, or with my girl, is that if there are more than one Kirby and one of them finds some food to replenish health, that one can go to the other Kirby and give them a hug.  When they do, the health of the tired one goes up!  It’s like they heal each other.

The first time this happened, Krissy and I weren’t sure it was what we thought.  But when it happened repeatedly we cracked up.  How cute and sweet!  Then, we started making use of it, knowing we could help each other stay alive by finding health and giving each other hugs.

I’m a hugger and love physical hugs for sure, but lately I’ve been in need of a deeper kind.  I have heard God calling me to spend more time with Him and I am working on doing that, making time.  I also need the kind of “hug” that comes from friendship, from deep understanding, from freedom to be myself and be accepted, from love.

We should all look out for each other in this way, ready to share what God’s given us with someone who is tired and getting low.  God is the giver of all good things, and I believe He also gives us what we need through the love and “hugs” or other Kirbys on this adventure.  I could use a Kirby hug.  How about you?

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.  II Corinthians 1:3-5 The Message