Advent 2018 – Day 17

Thanks for hanging out with me during Advent. Here’s another of God’s “I WILL” promises!

During Christmas, families gather, and for many families, that means sky-rocketing stress. Voices get louder, harsher. Old wounds reopen. But for my family, I am grateful that times together are marked by explosions of laughter and love. My daughter has an uncanny ability to find gifts that exactly fit the recipient. Her gift may fill a need or produce chuckles, but each one is an expression of her love.

All my life I have felt inadequate in the area of loving others. I feel I can never begin to measure up to all I receive from others, let alone from the Lord. For a long time I felt guilty not being able to fulfill the most basic of Jesus’ commands, “Love one another.” But then I read Rom. 13:8, “One debt you can never finish paying is the debt of love that you owe each other.”

In contrast, God owes us no debt, but he offers his love exuberantly. In Zeph. 3:17, we read, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”

I don’t know if you need to enjoy the quiet blanket of God’s love today or whether you are ready to dance with him in loud singing, but I am confident that God rejoices over each one of his children, including you!


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