On this Fourth Sunday in Advent we Light the Candle of Love.
My heart is full of gratitude. I cannot even begin to comprehend this love the Father has for us.
To think that he so much wanted us to “get it” that he orchestrated an amazing turn of events to not only demonstrate this love he has for you and me, but to make a way to be a part of his forever family.
At Christmas we imagine a sweet bucolic scene of a mother tending to her newborn midst fresh hay and lowing cattle. We have a tendency to soften the harsh reality of life at the time of Jesus’ birth as we re-create the scene in our Christmas pageants. There is another reality that we often don’t talk or think about as we set out our mangers and figures of the holy family. But, the reality is that Jesus’ birth would have little significance to us if he was simply born a man and lived life as God becoming man.
Don’t get me wrong here. God becoming man and walking amongst us is truly amazing. But, that in and of itself is not life-changing for you and me. I agree, it is a loving gesture on God’s part. What is life-changing is that God demonstrated his love for us in allowing his son to be the sacrifice, we deserve, for our sin. That is love.
Do you know a parent who would allow their child to take the punishment for someone else? Me either.
But think about this:while we were wasting our lives in sin,
God revealed His powerful love to us in a tangible display—the Anointed One died for us.
Romans 5:8 The Voice
That is love.
Love beyond anything we can imagine.
Love that is pure and holy and worthy of worship and praise.
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Today as I prepared to write this post I was overcome by the magnitude of this love. Of this gift.
My heart is filled with gratitude. It’s so very humbling to think that the God of the universe would send his son, so I could choose to make him the Lord of my life. Yes…all this so I could choose to follow him. Choose to accept this amazing gift of love.
Have you chosen to take his offer to love you and make your part of his forever family?
Have you asked him to be your Lord and Guide?
To say “Yes” to him is to receive the most incredible gift of love imaginable.
I said “Yes!” And now I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude for this profound gift.
As we light the candle of love…
Let’s kneel down at the manger to worship the one who chose death on the cross, all because of his great love for you and me.
Let’s decide to celebrate this amazing love…not just at Christmas….but by our acts of love, each day, to all whom we meet.
And let’s fall down in humble gratitude for the one who took our place on the cross.
Today is Joy Day!
The day when we take time to look back over our past week and count the gifts and blessings from the week. I’m reminded that some gifts aren’t exactly pleasant…but because of them our character is developed. In all things we are to give thanks.
Please join me in counting just ‘seven’ from the past week.
God, I’m grateful:
- for the development of my character.
- for a small paycheck.
- for gracious, loving, friends.
- that a new Social Security card was easily obtained.
- for this incredible love God has for us and that we get to celebrate it at Christmas.
- for birch branches and evergreens and winterberry branches.
- for this time of exile.
Now it’s YOUR turn!!
Join me in counting ‘seven.’ Scroll down to the comment section…Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts….and list your ‘seven.’ I guarantee your JOY meter will soar.
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