Love: Love is an Open Gift
Rev. Ashley Sherard
The person who doesn’t love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8 CEB
God is love. Wow, what a wonderful reminder for this time of anticipating the Christ Child’s birth!
Sometimes I look at my children and feel an overwhelming love between us, it’s an amazing feeling. I wonder what Mary felt when she looked at Jesus the first time. I wonder if her feelings of being overwhelmed by the love of this tiny baby in her arms was the same as mine or intensified by the fact that this child WAS love, in the flesh.
Christmas has become a time in which love is equated with the number of gifts under the tree and dollars spent on said gifts. Let’s take some time today to remember that love has walked among us on this earth. That God loved us so much He sent His Son in the form of a tiny baby. That Jesus is love and will provide an example of how to love one another as God intends us to. What a wonderful Christmas gift!
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Loving God, open my eyes to see love in this world, to act in love as you taught us and accept the love you freely give to us. Help me to shed the scales from eyes and see the true miracle of love this Christmas and know, without a doubt, that the gift of love is the only thing I truly need. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Ashley is the Minister and Church Planter of Jerusalem Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lafayette, LA. She is a mommy to three beautiful girls, the wife of Rev. Frank Sherard, also a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), a musician, and a lover of yoga. Ashley is also a proud Navy wife, Frank has been a Religious Programs Specialist for over 25 years. You can find Rev. Ashley on facebook and at www.jccdoc.com.
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