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    by Susan McGrath

Warm, Fuzzy People
Date Posted: November 4, 2006

We all know one - those people who come into a room on a breeze and hug everyone within reach. They have smiles and kind words for everyone and mean it, they cry at the drop of a hat and are drawn like a magnet to loners and outcasts.

There is a woman in my church named Carolyn who is one of these warm, fuzzy people. You know you won't get past her without getting a hug! Some people, like my ten-year-old son and my brother-in-law, will go out of their way to avoid that hug. I embrace it! (No pun intended.) When Carolyn walks into a room and I know I'm going to get a smile and a hug my spirits lift and I feel welcomed, like I'm in a familiar place.

I believe Jesus was a warm, fuzzy person when he was on earth. Those who met him felt his love and compassion. Little children were drawn to him. Loners and outcasts were welcomed with open arms. We are blessed because we can still experience his warm, fuzzy manner of love. In giving ourselves to Christ, we receive back all the love he has to give - more than we can comprehend and certainly more than we deserve.

After a bad day or on a very cold night I sometimes turn to various things for that warm fuzzy feeling - chocolate, flannel pajamas, hot herbal tea, a good book - but often these mere things don't provide the comfort I seek. That's when I sense open arms waiting for me and love and compassion crowding the room. All I have to do is dive into His Word or say a short prayer and warm, fuzzy peace will engulf me.

"When Jesus landed as saw a large crowd he had compassion on them and healed their sick." - Matthew 14:14

This week thank a warm, fuzzy person in your life and give them a hug. Thank God for his son, sent in warm, fuzzy human form, who taught us what true love is through his compassion and his self-sacrifice.

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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