The Greatest Gift
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another,
God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
I JOHN 4:1016
As we bring the year to a close and prepare for the new, it is a time of gifting and making plans and resolutions for the new year. The flurry of shoppers intermingles with flurries of snow. Each snowflake competes with each thought rushing through our minds. Lists of things to buy, things to do, as time and funds diminish, anxiety overtakes the mood.
We hear the carolling faintly, as our thoughts and worry progressively gets louder. Our prayers become task related, the count down becomes frightening, annoyance with self spreads to annoyance with others. Finally, something inside shouts:
“STOP! This is Christmas! Remember JOY, PEACE, HOPE, FAITH and the greatest gift is the gift of LOVE.”
Abundance, a limitless abundance is given, to give the gift of love. “Things” break, get lost, lose value, and soon are forgotten. Love lasts forever. Acts of kindness, friendship, encouragement, inclusion multiply within and become expressed outwardly like seeds to grow and flourish everywhere. Seeds of love can be planted in the harshest spaces, and have capacity to overcome sadness, anger, and to create bridges across the impossible divides. All things are possible, if we believe. Seeds of love create the joy, peace, hope, and faith. Sowing seeds of love is the greatest gift, the greatest plan for the future.
Through prayer and supplication, we receive strength of purpose, and resolve to fulfill the Divine greatness of creation in our own life and to inspire those around us, our families, friends, and the new friends whom we will meet in days to come. Give the greatest gift.
GOD IS LOVE
and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear.
And this commandment have we from him.
That he who loveth God love his brother also.
I JOHN 4:16,21