LOVE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

WHAT IS LOVE?

Sunday, December 18th
(Each day this week, we will be focusing on the difference Love makes in our lives.)


You may wish to light the four candles of HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE if you have an Advent wreath.

For this, our last week of the Advent season, our focus will be on Love, perhaps the best gift of all. Love also has three definitions for our reflection. The definition of LOVE includes:

~ strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; affection based on admiration, benevolence, or common interests; warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion

This is the love and affection we have for our dear ones, such as our spouses, partners, family members, and friends. The kinship or personal ties that bind us together bring a richness of care, encouragement, appreciation, and devotion. We are blessed by the mutual giving and receiving in loving relationships.

~ the object of attachment, devotion, or admiration

Love also describes the one who receives our devotion. God is my love, Jim is my love, and so on with the people and pets we treasure. We are devoted to them with affection, care, and appreciation.

~ unselfish loyal and benevolent for the good of another: such as the fatherly concern of God for humankind, brotherly concern for others, a person’s adoration of God

This type of Love is sometimes described as Agape Love, the generous love God has for us and we can have for others – even if love is not returned.

Our gift of Advent Love is all of these. Through God’s incarnation in Jesus, God establishes a kinship, a loving relationship with us. God is also the Love, the One who receives our love and adoration. Finally, Advent Love is the Agape Love, given freely from God for the good of us all, the Love we have been asked to share.

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And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant.
    Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name;
indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation…”

(Luke 1:46-50 NRSVUE)

Mary proclaims these words after Elizabeth affirms that Mary indeed has been blessed to carry God’s son. Love shines through Mary’s response, as she praises the magnificence of God and also acknowledges her lowly state and servanthood. Love leads Mary to fall before God, for even as God’s Love is doing incredible things through Mary, she is lowering herself in humility and reverence.

We cling to hope, let go for peace, jump for joy, and fall in love!

And on this last Sunday of Advent, Mary’s story once again is our story.

God’s Love is also able to do incredible things through us, especially when we fall before God in humility and reverence. Deepening in our Love for God, we lower ourselves in reverent adoration, in humble service, in gracious surrender. As our self-reliance and self-centeredness decrease, God’s strength and guidance will increase. We avail ourselves to become conduits for God’s Love to flow into us, then through us onto others.

Advent Love makes the better difference in the living of our days.



Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Bible passage found at https://www.biblegateway.com/
Definition found at https://www.merriam-webster.com/

4 Comments on “LOVE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

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  2. I love the focus here on defining different types of love. I wish we had 5 or 6 words instead of only one so we could more easily differentiate in English between the love of artichokes, spouses & children, and God/Jesus! Yes, I agree wholeheartedly: “We avail ourselves to become conduits for God’s Love to flow into us, then through us onto others.” And when we do that, we are blessed beyond measure. God bless you, Karen … yes, love makes the difference! Merry Christmas!

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    • Oh, thank you, Jan! Your additional insights and your gracious words are truly blessing me today! God bless you, too, and may Christmas bring much joy. Thanks again!

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