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2018-08-14 09:34:09

 

This Texas church offered ‘free Mom hugs’ at Pride. What happened next was amazing.

A church in Texas gave away free “mom hugs” and “dad hugs” this weekend at a Pride parade.

Jen Hatmaker, a conservative blogger who was unceremoniously kicked out of the Christian media world because she opposed Donald Trump’s election and supports LGBT equality, posted on Instagram about what her “beloved little church” was doing to spread the love at Austin Pride.

Members of the Austin New Church went down to the Pride celebration and offered “Free Mom Hugs, Free Dad Hugs, Free Grana Hugs, and Free Pastor Hugs.”

“And when I say hugs, I mean THE KIND A MAMA GIVES HER BELOVED KID,” Hatmaker wrote.

And just like anyone who goes to an LGBT space and offers unconditional love, the members of the Austin New Church heard terrible stories.

These were the dear hearts who said: “I miss this.” “My mom doesn’t love me anymore.” “My Dad hasn’t spoken to me in three years.” “Please just one more hug.”

“So we told them over and over that they were impossibly loved and needed and precious,” Hatmaker wrote. “And we hugged until our arms fell off. This is what we are doing here, what we are here for.”

It’s too common for LGBT people to have not-so-great relationships with their parents, and too many churches spend time hating LGBT people instead of loving them.

An open heart and some love can go a long way to healing old wounds.


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