In this final week of Advent, we contemplate the love the Father has lavished on us! This week also marks the final memory verse for those of us who participated in the Scripture Memory Team. We have intentionally chosen and meditated on twenty-four verses this year. As we have read, studied, and stored these words in our hearts, we have grown in our experience of and understanding of God. I’ve chosen 1 John 3:1 as my last memory verse this year.
The world (and me too if I’m not careful) can lose sight of what we celebrate at Christmas. The focus can easily become Frosty the Snowman, gift-buying, and over-indulging in special holiday treats. When that happens the hope, peace, joy, and love that flow from the appearance of our Savior can fade into the background. The world doesn’t recognize the real gift now just as it didn’t recognize it that first Christmas either.
My prayer for you is that you will experience Jesus this Christmas season, not as a religious icon, but as a real and loving God with you. It is my hope that you will see what great love the Father has lavished on YOU through the coming of Jesus.
When God humbled himself and entered into our world as a helpless, poor, and vulnerable infant he showed his willingness to sacrifice his place of glory so as to be Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). And when he let the world reject him and crucify him, he showed the extent of his love for us.
He did on our behalf what we could not do for ourselves: pay the price of our sin. The one and only Son allowed himself to be alienated from the Father so that we could be reconciled to the Father. That is LOVE!
May you experience and share that love this Christmas and into the new year.
Melt Stress & Meditate on Scripture
Coloring is no longer just for kids. There is mounting scientific evidence it reduces stress in adults. According to Dr. Joel Pearson, a brain scientist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, concentrating on coloring an image may facilitate the replacement of negative thoughts and images with pleasant ones.
So if you’re feeling some stress this season, I’ve made you an Advent coloring page. Try it. Click on the image below and I’ll email you a copy.
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