Love

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Last week the Christian community started celebrating the season of Advent, or the anticipation of the coming of Christ. We will walk through Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. There are many great tools out there to help really engage you.

Lately though, one of the four pillars of Advent has been on my mind. Love. Mainly because this little fella

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love’s everything. An example of a conversation between Z and myself:

“What’s that?”

“That’s a fire truck.”

“Ooooo, I love that fire truck. Do you love that?”

“Yes Z, I love that.”

Repeat…

What a lesson for this way too busy woman. In this Advent season, and every season, how do I love well? The first lesson is to remember that Jesus is love.

“Love Came Down At Christmas” by Jars of Clay

Love came down at Christmas
Love, a lovely love divine
Love was born at Christmas
Stars and angels gave the sign

Love will be our token
Love be yours, and love be mine
Love from God to all of us
Love for plea and gift a sign

Love for the 10 commandments
Love for the 9 that dress so fine
Love for the 8 that stood at the gate Love for the 7 who went up to Heaven Love for the 6 that never got fixed
Love for the 5 that stayed alive
Love for the 4 that stood at the door Love for the Hebrew children
Love from the little babe, baby

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Secondly, we remember that Love IS!

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but l rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

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Back to my sweet boy. Am I so busy that I totally miss Jesus around me? The beauty and glory of Him revealed to me in EVERY good thing? The fire trucks, the marshmallows, the chair, the food, the house, the street, the dog, etc.

It is not Thanksgiving, but I still need a supreme dose of Thankfulness and a lot less Hustle and Bustle.

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Merry Christmas if we do not blog again before then!!!

Grace and peace to you and yours,
Lori

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