Scripture: 1 John 4:7-16
Key verses: (7-8) Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Reflection: A lot things drown out this message of love in these days before Christmas. Remembering where we hid all the gifts. Wondering if we got something for everyone! The stories we tell ourselves about what we think is happening. Our expectations about how things should happen this week and how people should love us. Those are just a few things that drown out this good news.
Dear friends. Let’s love each other, because love is from God.
We don’t have to buy it, make it or create it. Love comes from God for each of us and the good news is that love is going to show up this week.
The God who created the heavens and earth, the sky and the earth below, the God who knows us and still loves us is coming again to live among us. Even though we know the story, it is always a love that takes our breath away. It is an unexpected love. Love shows up, for you and me and this crazy world.
Love shows up when no one else will … and when it is needed most. I know you have a story about how love has shown up for you this Christmas.
Dear friends, let’s love each other. Let’s be the love that shows up for each other as we wait and watch for a deep abiding love that WILL show up again.
Prayer: Holy God, this is breathtaking space in-between what has been, what is and what is to come. With each breath, I know your love for me and my capacity to love. May I live into that love every minute of today. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].