LiveScience reports, "A loving mother who kisses her child's boo-boos may be providing more health benefits than she knows." In fact, a new study indicates that, "early childhood experiences can have a lasting effect on . . . the immune reaction that is the body's first line of defense against disease. Moms who soothe a child can help reduce stress, calming the hormones that can contribute to inflammation."
The study was published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Dr. Julio Licinio, editor of the journal and director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at Australian National University, said he believed it's the first study to show, at a molecular level, the influence of what many have believed to be true -- that a mother's kiss is the best medicine.
Even adults have boo-boos. As we grow older, the scraped knees of childhood are replaced by more significant injuries like personal insult, emotional abuse, feelings of inadequacy or low self-esteem. Add to these things the self-inflicted wounds of our own poor moral choices, bitterness, unforgiveness, and most of us are walking around with some pretty serious boo-boos.
The answer to these deeper problems isn't found in a medicine cabinet, but--as in the case of a mother's kiss aptly applied to a skinned knee--in an embrace. These are wounds that can only be properly tended to by the embrace and kiss of a loving God. And that's exactly what God offers to each of us in Christ. Jesus came into this world to live and to die for us so that we might experience the fullness of God's love. In Christ, our value and self-esteem are restored. In Christ, our moral failures are forgiven. In Christ, we find the healing power of God's love.
Turns out, you don't have to be a child to benefit from the healing power of a well-placed kiss.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” (Psalm 103:2-4).