Christmas - Love - Day 25

Opening Prayer:

God, thank you for the gift of your son, given as an act of sacrificial love. Help us today to reflect on that gift and carry with us the love with which it was given. Amen.

Read: John 3:16, NIV

“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.”

Reflect:

For many of us, this verse has been memorized, recited, reflected on, and heard so many times that we're almost immune to its wonder. In my own faith experience, the love of God is very abstract and hard to grasp compared to his power, expansiveness, righteousness, and justice. Sure, I know he loves me but knowing it to the point that I stop striving to earn that love is the ultimate goal. God's love is not transactional. There is no earning it; it has already been given. There are no conditions on his love; he doesn't take it away if we doubt or fail or make a mistake. His love has no limits; it reaches into all sorts of situations, no matter how broken. There is a hymn called "The Love of God" written in 1917 by Frederick M. Lehman, a German immigrant, which paints a beautiful picture of the vast and unlimited nature of God's love. The third verse is:

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Apply:

Today, amidst the excitement of Christmas celebrations, find some space to quietly sit and dwell in God's love. Don't think about what you should DO in reaction to God's love. Simply try to still your mind and accept his unconditional love today.

Closing Prayer:

God, I accept your love today and pray I find opportunities, big or small, to pour that love out to others. Thank you for loving me in any condition, through any circumstance, and without end. Amen.

Today’s Family Christmas Calendar Activity: Have a birthday party for Jesus

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Terry Schneider