Universally, no matter who I visit on my rounds as a chaplain intern, everyone wants to pray for healing, health, love, and family, which makes sense, because they are really THE BIG PICTURE in our spiritual and physical well-being.
NIH, in its article, “Hugs and Cuddles Have Long-Term Effects” even reminds us of that when discussing “oxytocin,” the hormone we secrete when responding to love and affection, and how it “lowers the levels of stress hormones in the body, reducing blood pressure, improving mood, increasing tolerance for pain and perhaps even speeding how fast wounds heal.”
So when seeking healing of body and soul, consider holding hands with your spouse or partner, hugging your children or pet(s), or just cuddling with everyone you love around you. You’ll be surprised at how spiritually and physically nourished and nurtured you’ll feel. And the universal prayer for that is letting them know that they are loved, loved, loved.