Hugs

What would it had been like, Jesus,
If I were hugged when I was a boy?
   warm
   enclosed
   safe
   in the present in a loving presence
   knowing someone out there would be there.
Can I, Jesus, hug that boy?
Can I be in the present, a loving presence?
My boy-spirit is hugged --
  Always and truly.
You, Jesus, embrace me,
  warming,
  enclosing,
  securing,
  in this present, a loving presence.
  someone in there that is here.
Amen.

©1999, John A. Mills