Monday, December 24, 2018

12/25/18 -- Christmas

Scripture Readings

Jesus is God’s love born as an infant babe. God’s love at work creating, inspiring, transforming.

We are also God’s love at work. 

God creates us. Not only that, God also creates through us.
God inspires us. God also inspires through us.
God transforms us. God also transforms through us.

Everyone who is here belongs to God. Everyone who is here is love. Jesus is love. You are love. I am love. Christmas is love. The manger is love. Mary is love. Joseph is love. The shepherds are love. The angels sing love.

We are made for love. When we approach the manger, we see love. When we kneel at the manger, we feel love. When we adore at the manger, we are overcome by love.

The roughest, toughest, meanest among us cannot approach the manger and see the child and not melt with love.

This is God’s power and majesty. It is love. 
God is born in Jesus. God is born in us. Emmanuel. The Prince of Peace. The baby in the manger is newborn today and everyday.

Sickness and suffering are overcome by this newborn love.
Addiction is overcome by this newborn love.
Grief is overcome by this newborn love.
Depression and anxiety are overcome by this newborn love.
Violence and hatred are overcome by this newborn love.
Pettiness and jealousy are overcome by this newborn love.
Temptation is overcome by this newborn love.

This newborn love is tenderness. This newborn love is joy.
This newborn love brings forgiveness. This newborn love brings peace.

God’s love is limitless. God’s love is relentless. God’s love is unpredictable. God’s love is infectious. God’s love is continuous.

Christmas is God breaking into our lives. Christmas is God breaking into our hearts. To walk with us. To comfort us. To pick us up when we fall. To accompany us. To forgive us. To love us.

The newborn child fills our hearts with the radiance of a new light, a new dawn, a new day. The newborn child fills our hearts with the tenderness of a fierce, undying love.

Jesus is God’s love born as an infant lying in a manger. God’s love at work creating, inspiring, transforming the hearts and minds of those who kneel and adore.

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