Scripture: 1 John 4:7-16
Key verse: (9) God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.
Reflection: Merry Christmas!! Wherever you are today, whether home alone or gathered with family, whether opening gifts or resting in your jammies, whether looking forward to a big meal or to a simple one, the message is the same: God’s love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas! This is more important than whatever is in your stocking or whatever packages arrived. This is better news than any Christmas family letter or any Hallmark holiday movie. God sent his only Son into the world.
If you are finding today to be difficult, perhaps because it is so different, remember that God is with you. If you are stressed or anxious because holidays are full of unrealistic expectations, remember that God is with you. If you are grieving because someone you love isn’t here with you this year, remember that that God is with you. The message is the same: God’s love is revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
Our God chose to come close to us, to live among us, to become human in Jesus Christ. Our God chose to be revealed rather than hidden, embodied rather than just spiritual, “with us” rather than distant. Our God chose love. And our God chooses love over and over and over again for you, for me, for all of us. Merry Christmas!
Prayer: Love came down at Christmas,
love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
star and angels gave the sign.
Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
worship we our Jesus,
but wherewith for sacred sign?
Love shall be our token;
love be yours and love be mine;
love to God and others,
love for plea and gift and sign.
Amen. (poem from Christina Rosetti, which is the basis for the hymn Love Came Down)
Author: Millie Snyder
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[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].