Sunday, December 21, 2014

Simple love or simply love?

December 21, 2014                                                   
Simple love or simply love?  By Jeri Sias

Scripture: John 3:16-21

 “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.”  – John 3:16 Common English Bible

Advent draws to a close and Christmas is almost here! All of the preparation and waiting leads to a day when we are told that Love becomes present among us in the form of a young child.  

When we are children, much of our own confidence, development, and the ability to care for others, is based on the bond of love. It may be hard for us to believe or trust in others without first knowing that we are loved and will always be loved.
I asked my children how they know that I, as a mother, love them. One answer I got was “I just know”…. and then, there were no words—my son just pointed to his heart and smiled.  

We cannot always find the words for God’s love. Sometimes we see it, sometimes we experience it, and sometimes we feel it.
It is simple, easy to understand, not complicated, it’s just love.*
It is simply, sincerely, wholly, and absolutely love.*

And there happens to be enough for everyone.  For God so loved us, that a child was given to us, so that we may learn to love, believe in it, and live our lives in peace. Timeless. Simple love and simply love.

Prayer: God, we come to you like children who wait with anticipation for Christmas. Help us to accept your love, live it, and find peace and joy in our hearts. Help us to share your love so that others may believe and experience it.  Amen.

*Varying definitions of “simple” and “simply” from Accessed December 16, 2014. 

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