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Advent # 3 – Love

December 17, 2013

LOVE

From last year’s sermons, I expected Advent #3 to be Joy. I am wrong, and such is the danger in expectation. This week we wait for Christ’s coming with Love, and that is not a bad prospect either. While I was celebrating Hope, others called that candle Prophesy, and some called my Faith candle, the candle of Preparation. Apparently the sermons for Advent, unlike the 10 commandments, are not written in stone.

In the Advent circle, there are five candles, pink, purple and white, placed on a horizontal evergreen wreath. The last to be lit on Christmas Eve is the white, the Christ candle, for Christ illustrated God’s unconditional love for all his people and the purity of a white lamb of God.

A browsing in the hymnal shows a great number of songs about love:

     Christ’s love for us — 33 – (Jesus loves me, this I know)

     God’s love – 21- (One Thing Remains – Your love, it never gives up- )

     Our love for Christ – 14 – (My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine-)

     Our love for God – 13- (Take my life and let it be, consecrated Lord to thee-)

     Our love for one another – 21- (Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in lasting love-)

Over one hundred songs about love. My heart sings in praise: I could wish my voice matched my heart.

Much of the New Testament is about love. In John 3: 16, we know how much God loves us, and Jesus tells us how to return God’s love

in John 14:15. “If you love me, obey my commandments.” In Romans 12: 9-21, Paul examines Love, telling us to love others. Merely read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-10 to discover the truth of love. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful, or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.” And in verse 13 — “Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love.”

This third week of advent the three things, faith, hope and love, linger in my heart.

Friend Dee in SC sends this e-mail poem- So appropriate this week. Thank you, Dee.

Jesus loves me, this I know, though my hair is white as snow.

Though my sight is growing dim, still he bids me trust in him. (chorus)

When my work on earth is done, and life’s victories have been won,

He will take me home above. Then I’ll understand his love. (chorus)

I love Jesus. Does he know? Have I ever told him so?

Jesus loves to hear me say, that I love him every day. (chorus)

( and from me — (Love God and Jesus if you can, and give your love to your fellow man!) 

One more week and one more message celebrating Christmas!

 

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