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Christmas Love

Have you ever been in love?  You know, that obsessive feeling where you just can’t get your love out of your head.  You think of your love often and wonder what your love is doing.  You want to share the joys of a wonderful day with your love.  Or, maybe, you’ve heard some bad news and you just need your love to share the burden.  No matter what you do or think about, your consciousness relentlessly wanders to thoughts of your love.

Many of us are familiar with this kind of love and the inescapable obsession that comes with it.  Experts refer to this as infatuation and have sought to understand the way it makes us feel.  Often, it can lead to a feeling of exhaustion as our body’s adrenaline is drained to fuel it.  It’s been discovered that the same areas of our brain that ignite from obsessive compulsive disorder are active during feelings of infatuation.  But, that’s also why this feeling tends to subside over time.  It has to; our body can’t sustain the intense love energy.  This is a shortcoming that God does not share.  His infatuation for us never dies.  It has been and continues to go on and on and on.

Even though we falter and walk away from him, God is still is obsessed with us.  We see him tirelessly reaching out to us time and time again in the Bible.  He is always trying to reconnect and bring us back to him even though we seem to always let him down.  So, almost 2000 years ago, he upped the game.  If humanity refused to go to him, he would to come to us.   John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

He loves us so much that he came to be with us – to be one with us, one of us.  He was and is still here.   “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”  Matthew 18:20.

My prayer for you is that you not only remember how much you are loved but also that you may become obsessed with your ultimate lover.   Take in his love, experience his love and share his love with everyone you meet.

Prayer

Heavenly and gracious Father, help us to be obsessed with you and your grace.  May we always and forever be filled with infatuation for you, wondering what you think and feel and trying to figure out new ways to tell you just how much we love you.  Let it not recede nor subside.  Help us break down the walls of business, frustration, fear, loneliness and whatever else gets in the way of our hearts being able to experience your love.  Help us always remember that no height or depth, nor any other barrier in existence will be able to separate us from the love that is Christ Jesus our Lord.  Help us be so filled with your love that it bubbles up inside of us and spills over into the world around us.  And may we all remember to tell you each and every day, “I love you!”

In your precious son, Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

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