Although the Advent season is now at a close, the message it brings continues to influence and change lives.
God’s love is eternal, everlasting and ever-available to us.
During Advent we are drawn into the wonder of the Incarnation, Christ made flesh.
It also pulls us into the holy awe of Easter where Jesus was willing to die a painful death for us.
They are inextricably linked, eternally bound by God’s purposes and plans.
We cannot view the babe in the manger without catching sight of the cross in the background.
Love comes at a price, and none have paid so high a price as the Son of God Himself.
Jesus literally died for love of us.
The wonder of it never ceases…
For God so loved…
Dear heavenly Father,
You loved; You keep on loving; You are Love
Love divine, Love Incarnate, Love excelling all other loves
It is Your defining characteristic
the essence of who You are and how You act
How can I begin to fathom the depths of Your love?
How can I experience it in all its simplicity,
its fullness and rich complexity?
Only by revelation
Only by faith
Only by acceptance
Only by grace
I read about Your love in Your word and it amazes me
I desire to experience it more in my heart and life
Would You live out Your love in and through
this weak mind and body of mine?
Would You find a way to touch the lives of others
with its heat, its power and all-consuming fire?
I rest complete in Your love
Because I need nothing else
Everything flows from it
Your love is the starting point of faith
and will be with me beyond the grave
In humble gratitude, I give thanks for all
I have already seen, believed and received
of Your inexhaustible, unconditional love
and all that is yet to be known,
lived out and personally owned
“For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” ~ John 3:16
During the last few weeks I’ve been mulling over the new ‘word’ for the year which God whispered to my heart ahead of time.
He has made it clear that the emphasis for me for 2016 is to be ‘LOVE’.
To see how this has already affected me while I absorb its fuller implications, you can read this introductory post on my main blog, Words of Joy.
I’m looking forward to seeing what insights are given in the months ahead and sharing some of them with you here.
Do you have a ‘word’ for the year? I’d love to hear what it is and how it affects you. Feel free to join in the conversation below.