The Candle of Love

December 22, 2013
I have always loved the season of advent.  I love the anticipation leading
up to Christmas day, I love the glow of the candles on the advent wreath, and I
love the remembrance of the birth of my Savior.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve
realized that the season of advent is so much more than looking back on the
birth of Christ and anticipating Christmas, it’s also a season to look forward
and long for the day that Christ comes again to gather His children home.  Since
I’m nowhere near family, I wanted to share in the advent season with all my
friends and family who read this blog and light a virtual advent wreath with you
Love – A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

The candles of hope, preparation, and joy have been lit.  They have reminded us to contemplate many factors of the coming of the Messiah.  As we light the fourth candle, love comes to the forefront of our minds.  Christ came as a newborn babe because of his deep love for the world.  Reading through the Old Testament, the love of the LORD is clear.  The Israelites were redeemed from bondage in Egypt due to the love of the LORD.  The people of Israel knew that the love of the LORD was also what was ultimately going to draw Him to earth to redeem their lives in a way so much greater than they could ever imagine.

Because of his love, we know Christ is coming back.  We have the promise of living in Glory with Him.  What should we do with this knowledge?  The love the Lord is a constant reminded of how we should love others.  Just as Christ loves the world, we should too.  Christ calls us to Himself through love and the only way we can guide others to Him is through love.

“In love a throne will be established; in faithfulness a man will sit on it— one from the house of David— one who in judging seeks justice and speeds the cause of righteousness.” Isaiah 16:5

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