Advent: We Live in His Love!

This Advent season, we choose hope, enjoy peace, give and receive joy, and live in love! (Check out our previous Weekly Updates for more on each.)

We pray this holiday season that you will be filled with His hope, His peace, and His joy as you celebrate the birth of our King! Yet ultimately, Christmas is all about His love. Everything is about His love. I mean, HE IS LOVE! 🙂

John 3:16 is such a classic and foundational scripture, but let’s read it with fresh eyes:

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:16-17 NLT

The story of Christmas and the Good News originates in His love for us. In spite of what we’ve done and will do. But because of Whose we are. May we be filled with the awe and wonder of His love this holiday and respond in genuine love in celebration of Him.

The Message translation states is so wonderfully . . .

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Ephesians 5:1-2 MSG

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Holy Barre! May your celebrations be filled with joy and peace, while taking time to be still and know that He is God! Enjoy the food and drink, enjoying the people you’re with even more! May you enjoy all the gifts, keeping your eyes focused on our ultimate Gift. Savor the special season and continue to burn bright better together! And let’s LOVE LIKE THAT! 🙂

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