Love

And now we come to love …
The greatest of these.
Love. A profound mystery.
Because something that is the very definition of God
Cannot be summed up in words.

The history of Love 
began in a manger under a velvet sky.
A baby born to give us words for Love.
To give us a face.
To help us know what Love looks like.
And talks like.
And acts like.

The world’s version of love is a commodity.
The currency it uses to get it’s way.
“If you don’t behave/believe/think/act this way,
we won’t love you.
So get on board.”

This world is running desperately after love,
But when they reach their destination, 
they find it’s only an imitation
of the real Love
The first Love
The true Love,

You see, Love is never a concept. 
Love is a person.
Patient. Kind. Keeps no account.
Always protects. Trusts. 
Hopes. Perseveres.
And never, ever fails.
This is the Way of love.

Advent is the love story that never stops coming.
this love story that’s been coming for you since the beginning.
the whisper of his heart,

Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken.

Jesus, the Love, who went to the cross
So we know what it means
to be loved to death.

So while we are here
In this broken and hurting world,
In this place where love has so many imposters,
We are learning to foster the love
That will show the world
Who they really are.
Who you really are.
Who Love really is.

In the chaos of 2020, we lift our eyes to rest on you.
You are our love.
In the loss and disappointment and division and pain,
You are our love.
In the midst of this season of busy and doing,
You are our love.
We slow. We pause. We hold our breath in anticipation.
The waiting is hard, but it is holy.
We invite you into the waiting.

We believe.
The Fullness of Time will happen again.
You are our hope.
You are our peace.
You are our joy.
You are our love.

Jesus.


Advent is a season of the liturgical year observed in most Christian denominations as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the celebration of the Nativity of Christ at Christmas and the return of Christ at the Second Coming.

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