LUKE 7:36-50- the story of the woman who adored Jesus so much that he washed his feet with tears.
It is so important to be touched with affection. The hardest part of being single again wasn’t celibacy (though it wasn’t a cakewalk). The hardest part was the absence of a loving touch on the shoulder, a peck on the cheek or cuddling on the couch. The intimacy of touch is so powerful. And yet, in our care to not “cross the line”, we forfeit something that sustains us. Loving touch comforts the sick, lightens depression and gives significance to the lonely. Jesus touched and was touched. He touched lepers, unclean women, and burly sailors. And he touches each of us!
As you work through loneliness, hug (safely). Be touchy, feely. Be comforting. Jesus was.
A group in Washington DC goes around with a placard that asks, “do you need a free hug?”. And they hug everyone. Granted, it’s a little “freaky” but the point is well taken.