Love … it certainly is easy to find this time of year. Cleverly tucked within greeting cards. Showcased in romantic movies on the Hallmark Channel. And nestled within tiny velvet jewelry boxes.
I admit that kind of love is fun, exciting and makes me want to hug the person closest to me. But let’s be honest … that kind of love is also temporary. The greeting card eventually gets thrown away. The romantic movie comes to an end. The pretty jewelry tucked inside the velvet box … well, some of mine have actually tarnished.
So today, let’s talk about a different kind of love. One that is eternal, holy and filled with glory. A love so exciting it makes this advent season pulse with joy.
Love … a holy ribbon woven throughout Scripture.
Beginning way before Genesis thoughts graced the stage of life. Reaching far beyond the final words in Revelation. A love that is always present. Love. Never. Ending.
Did you know that God is not just filled with love? God is love. And Christ is that holy ribbon who has always been and always will be. A ribbon of Love strung from eternity to eternity. A ribbon that pulls you close and holds you forever.
During the Advent season we anticipate the great celebration. Our hearts capture the brilliant moments Love takes on human form and the world becomes hopeful again. Love wrapped in infant flesh. Trading limitless space for a limited earthen place within the confines of a worn-out manger.
Love … stooping low for us. Love bending its knee for you and me. For all mankind so that we can celebrate Advent season with wonder and awe as our soul rejoices in grace-strung freedom.
Will you take a moment and pause with me?
Let’s try to imagine all that Mary must have anticipated in her first advent season. Anxiously waiting Love’s birthday. Feeling Love kick and turn inside her womb. Wondering what Love would sound like as He exhaled His first cry. And then finally cradling Love in her arms and feeling His tiny heartbeat up against hers. Holding Love close and noticing every perfect detail of His face, hands, feet.
I wonder what Mary pondered in those first few moments and days? Was she reminiscing her conversation with the angel, Gabriel (Luke 1:26-38) who first appeared nine months prior? Was she recalling words the shepherds shared about their own angelic experience?
“The shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:16-19
I believe Mary was pondering the nearness of Love. So tender. Perfect. Beautiful in every way. And just like Mary … this Love is here for you today. Do you see Love? Do you ponder Love’s presence? Do you treasure up all the things Love has done for you?
If you are hurting, Love longs to comfort you.
If you are discouraged, Love seeks to delight you.
If you are broken, Love comes to make you whole again.
If you are afraid, Love whispers, “I will protect you.”
As we celebrate Advent – the glorious arrival – and ponder Love today, let’s treasure up every moment, every experience, every opportunity to share Love with others.
Let’s slow down and notice the details of perfection in how Love captures our heart and draws us closer.
Let’s remember in awe and wonder the sacrifice Love made for us, as He hung not on a Christmas tree, but on a covenant Tree, so that we could be His forever.
Friend, my prayer is that the hustle of the holidays would not keep you from noticing the love of Christ all around you. That you would become increasingly aware of His activity and be intentional to ponder the greatness of His glory. Allow Christ’s love to reign in your heart so that it overflows in such a beautiful way making you always ready to lavishly share Him with others.
It’s Your Turn to Share: What is one way you are hoping to experience Love this Advent season?