Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, Love Divine,
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and Angels gave the sign.
This week, we are anticipating love.
The promise of the Christ-child, coming to the earth, was a promise filled with love. Jeremiah tells Israel that the Lord has loved them with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). In that same chapter, Jeremiah tells them of the new covenant that God will establish with his people. God was saying, I have loved you always, and from my love and mercy, we will establish a covenant.
Jesus himself sums up what this new covenant was while he was here on earth: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but have eternal life."
In 1 John 4, John tells us more explicitly, love comes from God, and God is love. Whoever is born of God and knows God, knows love. What a beautiful thing! This is the kind of love God has for us: it is all-encompassing, surrounding us, changing us.
When the Word became flesh (John 1:14), love came to earth in the form of Jesus. And this was how God showed his love among us (1 John 4:9).
Love is here. Accept Him.
Let us light the candle of love in our hearts, keeping that candle aflame, for we know that God is for us.
Be blessed and shine with the light of love!