Pastoral Care, Chapter 3: You are Loved, Be Loving – Part 3

Third, learn how to touch and to receive touching in a non-offensive or threatening manner. Babies wither emotionally when they are not held and caressed. Some of us still have some of the baby in us. There is healing, reconciliation, support and encouragement in a welcomed touch at the right time and in the right way.

Fourth, don’t forget the stranger. In showing love, sometimes you entertain an angel unaware.

Obviously there are other ways. You know them. You have done them, and to some person you are the evidence and the reason for believing in a loving God. I once received a card which read:

“I want to love you without clutching:
To appreciate you without judging;
To invite you without demanding;
To leave you without guilt;
To criticize without blaming;
And to help you without insulting;
If I can have the same from you, then we
can truly meet and enrich each other.”

The miracle of love is that the more willing you are to claim it from God and to express it to others, you lose nothing and life becomes richer and more meaningful. Isn’t that what it means to be truly alive?

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