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Advent Week 4: Love

LIGHT
With the first three candles of Advent already lit, together let’s light our fourth candle, the candle of Love.

CONTEMPLATE
Our reading today comes from the Gospel of John.

John 1:9-14
The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

So, the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness, And, we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

When Jesus chose to be born into our earthly world, it was the truest act of love there has ever been. He chose to live a full life from birth to adulthood, with the awkwardness of being a teenager, with dealing with brothers and sisters, all of it. And he knew what was ahead. He knew what was waiting for him at the end of this earthly life, death on a cross to pay our debt and save us. He did it for us. Jesus came to us to give us life, not only save us from death. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus today, we can’t forget about the sacrifice he made in choosing make his home among us and the life he offers each and every one of us. And it all started here, in a manger in Bethlehem. Let us be thankful today for his vast and endless love for us.

PRAY
Merciful God of peace, 
your work, spoken by the prophets, 
restores your people’s life and hope. 
Fill our hearts with the joy of your saving grace, 
that we may hold fast to your great goodness 
and in our lives proclaim your justice in all the world. Amen.

SING
O Come All Ye Faithful

ACT
Find a way to show and celebrate the all the love you have in your life, from friends and family. Maybe send a text to someone today telling them how much you love them. Happy Christmas!