On the way home from a conference, Don Piper’s car was crushed by a semi that crossed into his lane.  After 34 surgeries and 1 year in the hospital Don finally came home.  Don says, that when my 8 year old son, Chris, came home from school, without saying a word, Chris would walk over and lay his head on my chest.  I don’t know how long his head lay there, probably not more than a full minute.  He never said a word.  He didn’t need to.  That simple gesture was enough.  I felt so loved by my son.  He expressed his grief in the only way he knew how.”

I love the Peanuts cartoon where Lucy is hugging Snoopy and the caption reads:  “Hugging is the Best Theology in the World.”  Please remember the power of the human touch.  It means so much.


Sherri Maat

Sherri Maat


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