Picture the awe of the shepherds as they watched the angels singing in the skies proclaiming the good news. Feel the anticipation of the wise men who traveled such a great distance to bring their gifts to a newborn child they weren’t sure they would even find. Sense the joy and wonder Mary and Joseph felt as they watched in awe as the angelic and kingly visitors encamped around them.
As we celebrate the fourth week of Advent, let us focus on the gift of Love. True love shows itself in action, in giving. It is in giving of ourselves to one another we show love. A smile, a phone call, a thoughtful gift; these are simple ways we show we care enough to take time out of our busyness to connect. When we are just as concerned about another’s well-being and happiness as we are our own and take action towards that end, this is love.
Jesus loves us so much that He left his royal place in Heaven to come down to earth to show us how to love, how to live and how to forgive. Each Christmas, we remember the most precious gifts of all are these: hope, peace, joy and love. This is truly something to celebrate and to proclaim. My heart overflows when I think about how much God loves me and it is out of the overflow of our hearts that we are able to give to others.
Merry Christmas and glory to God in the highest.
Until next time, keep looking up!