Friday, March 24, 2017

Five Minute Friday: "Embrace"

embrace - to hold (someone) closely in one's arms, especially as a sign of affection. 2) Accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.

One of my favorite songs containing the word embrace.

Embrace.  It's such a warm word.  You can't fully embrace someone you hate.  There's no mere tolerance in an embrace.

I like to give and receive hugs.  That wasn't a part of my personality growing up.

Or maybe it was.

During my stint as a preschool teacher,  I read the book The Five Love Languages of Children.  These love languages are as true for adults as they are for children.  Through this book, I discovered that appropriate touch is my primary love language, with quality time running a close second.

As a kid, I knew that a person's care or concern was genuine if they were willing to touch me.  My peers wouldn't even dare touch me when we played; they teased that I has some disease to which they didn't want to expose themselves.  The majority of the times I was touched by my teachers was in anger or derision.

As an adult, I know that a person's friendship and fellowship is genuine if they are willing to embrace me.  A side hug, an appropriate full-on hug, a firm handshake, or even a friendly fist bump relays the message that I'm not simply a tolerated thing, but a real person worthy of embrace.

Prompts provided by Mrs. Kate over at Heading Home.


  1. I don't think my love language is touch. But... I do touch my friends - a hand on the arm, a hug, a shoulder squeeze. So, maybe I do communicate my love through touch? Now, with the girls.... I'm touched all day long!!! But I know I'll miss it one day. ;)

  2. An embrace speaks volumes and a hug at the right time is definitely a healing thing. May you know you already are a woman of worth, "a person worthy of embrace" who has been mightily touched, embraced and accepted by Almighty God, and by those who love and care for you. Have a blessed weekend! :)