HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Tuesday, December 15
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life." - John 3:16
During the Christmas season, many emotions are stirred in the hearts of people whether they are Christian or not. Maybe those feelings of love, peace, hope, and joy are temporary, and exist due to families gathering together or people giving of themselves when they don't during the rest of the year. But realized or not, they stem from a greater event that changed the world forever.
Love, peace, joy, and hope are difficult to separate when it comes to the birth of Jesus. To me, they are intertwined with the threads that cause one emotion to lead to another. Through God's love, He sent His son to earth as a gentle, innocent, helpless baby who brought peace, hope, and joy to all who believe in him. During his short life on earth, he served as an example for mankind as he sought peace, shared love, spread joy, and brought us hope for eternal life.
This year, I was blessed to become a grandma for the first time. After Tanner was born and I was able to hold him and feel his tiny, warm body against mine, my heart melted and I became aware of how God wants us to come to Him; as an innocent, helpless child, dependent on His love to exist. Even Jesus began his life as this. This gift of love in the form of my grandson has brought me that peace and joy that surpasses all understanding. We can be assured that the very heart of God was placed on this earth and through that amazing love comes the peace, joy, and hope of all things bright and beautiful! "What wondrous love is this oh my soul?!"
May your Christmas be filled with the love of God that brings peace, joy, and hope throughout the year! Tidings of comfort and joy!
Gracious God, we are grateful for this gift of love that you sent us. Help us to strengthen our faith so we can know and feel the rewards of your love where your peace calms us and sustains us, so we can experience joy in everyday things, and know that we have hope of that peace and joy forever. In the name of the Holy Child, Jesus, we pray. Amen