It's Christmas Eve, and she is choosing to spend it alone. She's remembering. As she is remembering the lifetime of love spent with the love of her life, the Christmases that have been, we will be celebrating and remembering as well. A huge part of our family will be be missing - her husband, my husband's dad, my father-in-law, and my kid's Papa.
The anticipation has escaped her this year. There seems to be more dread than excitement, more tears than laughter. The twinkle in her eye has dimmed, but not gone. It's just not as bright this Christmas.
What is at the root of all this grief?
LOVE. A very deep, unconditional, unwavering, forever kind of love.
Advent week 4 - LOVE.
"God is love." (1 John 4:8b) The Bible says so. We can love only because we are made in the image of our Creator. He loves, therefore we can love each other.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3 :16)
Christmas is the manifestation of God's love. Jesus. Immanuel. God with us.
Love came down to dwell among us and reveal to us the indescribable love of God for all mankind.
Hug your loved ones a little tighter and more often this Christmas. Take some time today, tonight, or tomorrow and read the Christmas story (Luke 2 is where our family reads from) - the greatest event in the history of mankind- the Advent of the Promise- when anticipation became reality. When the God of Hope, Light, Joy and Love stepped out of heaven and into a broken world and into the hearts of those who would believe.