And so here we are, you and I and we and us, almost at the close of our Advent journey, but not yet.
There’s still another precious gift that was ushered into the world that night so long ago. A gift that lives on for us, for you, right where you are today. Ahh, it’s a love so unconditional it can make us blush at the very thought of our underserving selves! It’s a love that doesn’t care where we’ve been or what we’ve done, or what we’ve been up to, because it’s a love that gives a second chance, a third and fourth chance. It’s a sweet, inconceivable, all-encompassing love from a Heavenly Father who, to us that night, became flesh, to dwell among us, to live as we did. A God so perfect, so holy, so forgiving, came down to love us with compassion. Yeah, beautiful soul, Love came down that night all the way from heaven to earth, from God’s heart to ours. That’s why we celebrate this joyous season.
Without His love our empty shells of life can’t even begin to understand the Hope He brings, the peace He gives or the joy He provides. So today, on this last lap of the advent journey, unwrap His love right there, right where you find yourself; smack dab in In the middle of debris, loneliness, chaos, rejection, loss, isolation, fear and pain and all the conundrum of all the hard places. It’s the greatest gift you’ll receive this season! As a matter of fact, it’s a gift for a lifetime, that will keep giving over and over and over again for the rest of your days on this earth. When God loves and when you know His love, you’ll want to share it generously with those who need it.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”