May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12
God wants to fill you up with his love. Every day before Christmas, we remember why we are looking so forward to celebrate Jesus’ birth. His tiny hands and feet in the manger were the same hands and feet that were nailed to the cross. Now, the living Jesus is just the proof that we need, “God will always love me!”
As you head into the week before Christmas, try to slow down a bit. Don’t get entangled in the hustle and the bustle of the season. Get focused instead on what really matters: Jesus.
Love is God’s gift to you. Christ’s love makes it possible for our hearts to brim over in love and patience to others like our children or spouse, our siblings or coworkers, our friends and neighbors.
While we patiently wait for Christmas to come, pray that God would so fill our hearts, souls, and minds that we want to then share this love with someone who is empty inside and desperately in need of love. No outside love can fill that void. Only Jesus and his love can!
Dear Lord, as we wait for your coming, supply what you know is lacking inside us. Deepen our faith and fill us with your love so that our love increases for you and for others. Amen.