Tonight was a lesson in making someone feel loved and cherished. A young lady who has been missing from our community for personal reasons returned for a brief reunion with the people who truly care about her; I think it surprised her. It was emotional; she was embraced and verbally told that she was loved; that she was missed, and that everyone hoped to see her again soon. This is a young woman who needs to understand how much she is loved…because she struggles with that. She has been in pain and because of that…she has put herself through more than she needed to in her journey to adulthood.
Some people struggle with understanding love and accepting love in their life. Whether they don’t feel worthy of being loved or they just dont feel love for themselves in the first place; it is a difficult position to be in. Everyone needs love in their lives. They need to give it and they need to receive it. It needs to be unconditional…without strings attached.
It was a moving moment to see this young female teen enter into a room full of people and be moved to tears by the response of those people. I actually felt as though she was a sponge and was able to the first time in her life realize how much others care for her and accept it! If only everyone who is sad, lonely, angry, or hurt could feel the same kind of reassurance in their life that they are deserving of love. Do you know someone who needs a compassionate hug or a reassuring word?
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