Give Lots of Hugs

I just returned home from the funeral of a friend who passed away within days of going into the hospital for surgery. Although it was a serious surgery, nothing like this was expected. Sadly, this isn’t our only funeral this week. On June 30th a private plane carrying two couples and a family of four crashed, and my husband knew two of the men on it. He attended one couple’s funeral today and will go to that of the family of four on Saturday. 

So please give your friends and family a hug when you see them—and make it a point to be with them soon if possible. God doesn’t promise us tomorrow, and sometimes death comes without warning. 

“How frail is humanity!

How short is life, how full of trouble!

We blossom like a flower and then wither.

Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear” (Job 14:1-2 NLT).


Although we all know this truth, we tend to forget, or maybe want to forget, how suddenly we can lose those we love or even leave this life ourselves. We assume that it’s okay to procrastinate about calling or checking on someone. Our daily stuff crowds out relationships far too often. 

At least for today and hopefully many tomorrows, I plan to work on giving more hugs and letting those I love know how precious they are to me. 

Kay is a life-long Texan whose favorites are Tex-Mex, books that feed her soul or make her think, good movies and travel to new places. Her great joy is to serve God by teaching the Bible and developing women as servant-leaders. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Ordinary Women Ministries, which provides free videos, podcasts and articles as well as low-cost Bible studies to prepare Christian women for leadership. (beyondordinarywomen.org) Kay spent ten years leading women’s ministries on church staffs, most recently at Northwest Bible Church in Dallas. Kay is the author of From Ordinary Woman to Spiritual Leader: Grow your Influence, a practical guide to help Christian women influence others by applying foundational leadership skills to their lives and ministries, and a number of Bible studies for women, some are available at bible.org and the newer ones are found at beyondordinarywomen.org. Kay earned an M.A.C.E. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Effective Ministries to Women. Kay’s family includes a husband, two grown children, one son-in-law, two hysterical granddaughters and a Goldendoodle.